Ashraf Talaat, Working with National Geographic Magazine, studied "Genetics" before starting his career as a photographer in 1989, after attending a workshop with the famous Magnum photographers Abbas and  Raghu Rai   

He has traveled to over 52 countries for his photographic projects about human interest and living heritage .

His work has been exhibited in USA, UK, Austria, Italy, Portugal, and Egypt and part of his photographs have been collected in two books People through the lens and point of view.

He joined IBA agency in 1999 till 2006 as a photojournalist to work through five magazines, Business , Egypt Today, Le Revue, Travel Today and Carnival Arabia, He has received 142 prizes including a fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in documentary and visual Journalism in 2007. Grand Prix of kodak Egypt 2004

Photographer of the year award in Venice international Photo Contest 2005  and 16 gold medals in excellence of photography from Austria and Italy and Portugal, and  tow prestigious medals from the Indian embassy for his artistic work in India 2008 and 2015.