Today, Cem Talu is one of Turkey's most successful portrait, fashion and commercial photographers and collaborates with major publications and brands. However, this wasn't the career he initially envisioned. "Until I was 24, if you had told me I would be a photographer, I would have laughed at you," he admits.
Cem was born in Ankara, Turkey, and his family expected him to follow his father into academia. He studied engineering at university, followed by a master's degree in business administration, and ultimately a PhD in strategic management. However, during his time as a student, he discovered his passion for photography, appreciating both its technical and creative aspects.