Born in 1944, in Gümüşhane, Kulaksız started photography during high school. He opened his first photography laboratory, called Refo Color, in 1969. He successfully completed his photography education at New York Institute of Photography. Having opened numerous solo exhibitions, won awards and had his works displayed abroad, Kulaksız also acted as a jury in numerous contests. Between 1988 and 1991, he published Refo Magazine of Photographic Arts. He lectured at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts between 1979 and 1981. In 1984, he received the title AFIAF. Kulaksız has been lecturing at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Photography since 1996.