Welcome to The Finger Album!

personal |ˈpərsənəl|

of or concerning one's private life, relationships, and emotions rather than matters connected with one's public or professional career.

archive |ˈärˌkīv|

a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people.


It began one festive evening in December 1975 under conditions better left to the imagination. An Instamatic, a roll of film, good friends, and a great deal of “holiday cheer.” The flash was annoying, digits were extended, and the rest is history.

Now in its 44th year, time has morphed this assemblage from a sometimes difficult to explain (“are you serious?”) amusement into a whimsical/twisted (but still difficult to explain) chronicle of people, places, and times.

All of the photos in the collection feature my persoanl friends and family with individual identification intentionally omitted. When this all started, nobody                                                                                  had any idea that their photos would end up on the internet (or even that such a thing would come to exist), and while I share The Album for your enjoyment, I also intend to at least semi-respect the anonymity of all that have been so willingly photographed. 

The archive lacks a "Contact" page or process for submitting your own finger photos. If you know me, you already know how to reach me - and by all means, I eagerly await your submission.

I hope you enjoy fingering through the archive.

Joseph Grainger Beef
Curator, The Finger Album

© Joe Beef 2019