Emin Özmen was born in Sivas, Turkey in 1985. While studying physics at 19 Mayıs University in Samsun, he began pursuing his interest in documentary photography and published his first book. Leaving his physics degree, Özmen enrolled at Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty. He began his career as a photojournalist in 2008 at Sabah, a popular Turkish daily newspaper. Later, he received a degree in media photography and documentary photography in the University of Art and Design Linz in Austria and toured around Europe as a photographer.
In 2011, he covered both the Tohoku earthquake and economic protests in Greece. The next year, he covered the Syrian civil war for such international media such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, El Pais, BBC, and Agence France-Presse. His publications include Anadolu’da İnsan/Human in Anatolia (HSBC, 2007), Microcredit Stories in Turkey (HSBC), and a work on the drought in Somalia (2011, Turkuvaz Books). Özmen continues to work as a photojournalist for Sabah and lives in Istanbul, Turkey.