He was born on August 16, 1928 in Istanbul. While he was in high school, he attended Muhsin Ertuğrul’s Theater Courses while working in every branch of filmmaking in film studios; because he wanted to be a director or playwright. In 1950, he started to work as a journalist for Yeni İstanbul Newspaper and at the same time he attended the Faculty of Economics at Istanbul University.
In 1958, he became a photojournalist for Time-Life, Paris-Match and Der Stern. In 1954, he started working as the head of photography at Hayat Magazine.
In 1953, he met Henri Cartier Bresson and joined the Magnum Agency and the “Photography Annual Antalojisi” published in the UK described him as one of the top seven photographers in the world. In the same year, he was accepted as the only Turkish member of ASMP (American Magazine Photographers Association).
In 1962, he received the title of “Master of Leica”, which was given to very few photographers in Germany. He devoted a special issue to him in Camera magazine in Switzerland. In 1964, Mariana Noris’s photographs were used in her work “Young Turkey” published in the USA. In the exhibition “Perspectives on the People’s World” opened in Canada in 1967, and in the exhibition “Ten Masters of Color Photography” held in New York Modern Arts Gallery in 1968; In the same year his works were exhibited at the Fotokina Fair in Cologne, Germany. In 1970, his photo album “Türkei” was published in Germany. His photographs of art and art history were used by the book chapters Time-Life, Horizon and Nesweek in the United States, and by Skira Publishing House in Switzerland.
He also made Picasso’s photo-interview for the book “Picasso Metamorphose et unite” published by Skira Publishing House for Picasso’s 90th birthday. In 1972, he opened an exhibition at the Paris National Library. In 1975 he was invited to the United States and took photographs of many famous Americans, and then exhibited his “Creative Americans” in many cities around the world. Yet the subject field of the same year removed armored “The Last Hero” Turkey’s Journalists Association in çekti.1979 a documentary film called “Photojournalism” took first prize in the branch.
In 1980, some of his photographs were published in his book titled Fotoğraf Fotoğraflar “, published by Karacan Publishing. He photographed the book “Mimar Sinan” written by Abdullah Kuran. The same book was published in English by “Institute of Turkish Studies” in 1987. In 1989, “Ara Güler’in Sinemacileri” was published.
In 1991, he photographed “The Sixth Continent” by Halikarnas Balıkçısı (Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı) for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the meantime, he traveled around the world and made photo interviews and announced them to the world through Magnum Agency. He interviewed people and took photos. Picasso interview, the most famous of which does not pose for photographers. Photographs of Mimar Sinan works he has worked on for many years. In the same year his book “Living in Turkey” was published in England, USA and Singapore under the title “Turkish Style” and in France under the name of “Demeures Ottomanes de Turquie”. Passed “,” Lost Colors and Earth on Their Faces “photo books have been published. Ara Güler’s photographs are in the National Library of Paris and in the Sheldon Collection of the University of Nebraska at the Georg Eastman Museum in Rochester, USA. Her photographs are on display at the Das Imaginare Photo Museum at the Mueseum Ludwing in Köln.