Halim Kulaksız was born in Gümüşhane in 1944. He took up photography as a high school student in 1958. In 1969, he opened his first laboratory, REFO COLOR, in Ankara and went on to successfully complete his studies at the New York Institute of Photography in 1972. He held several solo art exhibitions, received prizes from contests and had his works displayed abroad. He acted as a jury member for a large number of local and foreign photography contests.
In 1971, he opened "Visions 1," a solo exhibition in Ankara. In 1972, the second solo exhibition, "Visions 2," was held in Istanbul. In 1973, he was awarded a prize in the photography contest held by the Ministry of Culture, Directorate of Fine Arts, with the theme "Our Turkey." In 1974 he received the first place and three honorable mention prizes in an image competition held by the Ministry of Tourism and Promotion as it was known at the time.
In 1979-1980 he acted as a chairman to FOTOS (Photography Artists' Society). In 1984 he was bestowed the title of AFIAP (Artist of FIAP) by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). He opened his "Visions 3" solo exhibition in Ankara in 1985.
In 1996 he began lecturing on photography as a faculty member of Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty's Photography Department. He still teaches at the same faculty. He founded DİFO Lab Digital Photography Laboratories with his sons Çağlar Kulaksız and Coşar Kulaksız.