Excerpts from an Artist’s Notebook: Finn Lafcadio O’Hanlon’s Lebanon

Lebanon is a chaotic and at times absurd place, where power can run for only a few hours, rubbish is ignored and traffic doesn’t move. But a new generation of Lebanese is emerging, reshaping their cities and country despite their past conflicts and incompetent politicians. The uncertain future is almost more exciting than its ancient past.

Diary pages with Immigration form. The people at the border couldn’t of been nicer.

This collection of photos and diary pages traces the country from Tripoli in the north to Tyre in the south.

Map of the neighbourhoods of Beirut.


The threat of the Syrian civil war spilling into Lebanon was ever present.

Finn Lafcadio O’Hanlon is a young British-Australian artist, photographer and diarist, who lives in Southern Europe. He has exhibited in Berlin, London, Budapest and Sydney. Follow him on Instagram @finnlohanlon