I was born in Izmir / Turkey in 1954.
My master introduced me to photography in the 1960s.
I took my first photograph in 1970.
In 1973, my art teacher encouraged me to open an exhibition and I did. I was still a high school student at Izmir.
In 1978, I graduated from the School of Political Sciences at Ankara University.
I have been capturing the cultural, historical, and natural assets since 1970. I shared my work with viewers through 37 solo exhibitions and 12 group shows in Turkey and 15 group shows abroad. My works were published in a number of media organs and a TV documentary was made about me. I also appeared on live interviews.
I received several awards in Turkey and abroad since 1975.
The international awards of the last four years are as follows:
In February of 2013, I received the "Grand Award" of CEDEFOP (EU) in Thessaloniki Greece.
In 2013 and 2015, I won five "Humanity Photo Awards" in different categories organized in China by UNESCO.
In 2013, 2014 and 2016 I was chosen one of the best 100 photographers in the world in the category of storytelling with three different socio-cultural projects.
In 2015, I was awarded the "Allard Prize" given by The University of British Columbia, Canada to photographers working in the field of human rights.