Ali Rıza Akalın was born in Ankara in 1946 and started photography in 1977. He has been a member of AFSAD (Ankara Photography Artists Association) since 1978 and was formerly assigned as its Chairman twice. He has held solo exhibitions covering 8 different themes and has participated in group exhibitions held in the USA, Germany and Austria.
His biography, photographs and views have reached the audience through a variety of media and publications such as Photoamateur, Objektif ve Fotoğraf (Lens and Photography), Türkiye’de Fotoğraf (Photography in Turkey), Günümüz Türk Fotoğrafı (Contemporary Turkish Photography), 60 sonrası Türk Fotografı (Photography in Turkey in the post-60s),Türk Fotoğrafında Çıplak, Sunu (Nudity in Turkish Photography), 86/86 Cumhuriyet (The Republic), Enerjik Bakış (Energetic View), Kontrast (The Contrast), Ustalarımızdan (From our Masters) and TR’de Marka (Branding in Turkey).
He was invited as guest speaker on a number of TV shows including those of ART, İZ TV, ATA TV.KANAL B , BENGİ-TÜRK TV . His published photo books are titled as Resimsel (Pictorial), Işık Ülkesi Fethiye (Fethiye,the Land of Light), Fotokolaj and Kareler (Photo Collage and Frames) .
His recent photography works have been produced in pictorial style.
Akalın is currently one of the Vice Presidents of the Photographic Arts Federation of Turkey.