Born in İstanbul in 1969, Kanbir graduated from Mimar Sinan University Department of Photography in 1995. In the same year, he began his graduate degree in Marmara University Department of Photography.
In 1989, he entered the film industry as camera assistant in commercials and worked as focus puller in the disciplines of video cameras, 35 analogue film. Further on, after a short stint as camera operator, he began working as visual director in feature films, commercials and television series in 2009.
Kanbir also lectured on "Photography and Cinematography" in the field of single lens reflex cinematography in Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts for two years.