The artist was born in Istanbul in 1936. He has been practising photography since he was a teenager. In 1980 he decided to start a second start to photograph again. He has organized countless photo trips, thus created one of the most formidable stock images archive in the country. He was awarded both A.FIAP and E.FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique) distinctions in 1985 and 1988.
Lately, in 1991 French Government gave him a “Chevalier dans l’ordre dees Arts Académique “distinction and same year he was awarded the 2d prize at International Photography Competition of National Geographic and the 1st prize of the Jerusalem Post. In 1993, three new important prizes came from Ballantine’s (2d, 3d and a honourable mention). There after in 1997 he won the 1st prize of Fujifilm European Press Awards, in 2000 a merit prize from National Geographic and in 2001 Millenium Prize of FUJIFILM Press Awards in Copenhagen. His works have been published in internationally known magazines such as National Geographic, GEO. In 1999 he published his first book “Terra Magica”. His seventh book “The Synagogues of Turkey” has been published recently.
The artist is still practicing as a professional freelancer. He gives lectures in photography and participates to jury in photography competitions. Nowadays he uses mainly NIKON systems, with digitals cameras such as D850 and D750 with a large array of the best lenses.