Rıza Erdeğirmenci was born in İstanbul. After graduating from Galatasaray High School, he went to France for undergraduate and graduate studies in Economics. He worked as a director in different companies and served as a board member in firms from various industries.
He lectured in Istanbul University; his researches and articles were published in various magazines and newspapers.
After pursuing photography parallel to his business career for many years, since 2006 it has been his single professional focus. Concurrently he serves as the executive director of the International Festival of Photography ”Fotoistanbul”, of which he is also the co-founder. He has had several personal exhibitions and participated in various group exhibitions.
Erdeğirmenci participates in photography festival juries, leads training activities and gives seminars on photography. He has three published photobooks ”Locanda”, ”Coincidences” and ”Lost Neighbourhood”.