As far as I can recall, I have been always amazed by the silent beauty of images, captivated by their mystifying untold stories, passionate about their tiniest details… Images that embrace unique moments, magically freezing time and space, while depicting the simple truth through everyday life…
I was born and raised in Lebanon during the civil war, where everything started for one reason and fin
ished for another. Back then, safety was our highest priority and only concern. Everything else was secondary.
After I graduated from high school, I was obsessed by one idea: defending the truth. Hence, I chose to study law, without ever forgetting my other true passion: photography. Unfortunately, the instability in my country forced me, during the last war, to quit college in my third year and start a small photography studio.
Years passed by... slow and fast, dark and bright, while we found ourselves struggling to understand the country’s new situation: Peace!
In 2007, I moved with my family -my beloved wife Fadia and our three lovely daughters Clara, Christie & Michele to the United States to settle in New York City. An exciting chapter began in the Big Apple where I had the chance to discover the new era of photography with all its overflowing creativity and inspirational icons: social media, photographers, life style, fashion, gastronomy, art, visual impact… were blooming and thriving in every corner of the vertical city... In fact, being a naturally visual person puts things around you in different perspectives, where angles might drastically change the whole picture.
I have never been able to resist life’s indescribable charm in all its aspects, colors and forms. I’m always ready for the next shot! My cam almost never leaves my side and as time went by, inseparable friends we became! However, weddings remain one of my purest delights! I find myself seduced over and over by those once-in-a-lifetime moments… capturing timeless memories… tiny personalized details… a charming smile… a meaningful hug… a precious tear… a stolen kiss… hands barely touching… lips passionately kissing… eyes whispering silent words... all gracefully painted with pictures created in a documentary style, mostly photojournalistic, flavored with a touch of glamour and seasoned with a dash of tradition.
My name is Joe Chahwan and I'm a passionate life and light explorer, trying to subtly draw with art and photography the fine line between black and white, light and shadow, LIFE and death…