Emilie Houwat was born in Brazil in 1985 and lived between Campinas - SP, Brazil and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia until 1991 when her family settled in Lebanon. Houwat studied Graphic Design at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, further developing her interest in photography in 2011 when she connected with the Beirut Street Photographers community.
Captivated when roaming city streets and interacting with people, Houwat has been passionately pursuing her new-found interest in street photography. Constantly experimenting and learning new approaches, Houwat continues to develop her eye. She finds the process of shooting in the street relaxing, offering a calming energy that encourages her to continue to develop her style.
Houwat has attended several workshops in Beirut as well as abroad, led by internationally recognized photographers including David Gibson of In-Public and Thomas Leuthard. In 2012, she travelled to Nepal with the Beirut Street Photographers, which resulted in an exhibition in June of 2013 at the UNESCO Palace, Beirut. In July 2013, she attended the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Sarajevo, Bosnia. In 2014 she participated in the National Geographic television series ‘I Am NatGeo Photographer’, where she was selected as the winning finalist out of 8 photographers and 6 challenges.