Lütfi Özkök became a photographer by pure chance. He came to live in Sweden in 1951 after having met his future wife Anne-Marie in Paris. In Sweden he began translating Swedish poets into Turkish, and when the Turkish publisher wanted pictures of the authors, Lütfi photographed them himself. Thus a remarkable artistic achievement began, which has been awarded the Swedish Medal Illis Quorum. Internationally, his portraits of Samuel Beckett, René Char and Paul Celan are among his most well-known pictures. Lütfi Özkök has also had many appreciated photographic exhibitions around the world.