Alex was raised in Germany and moved to the United States at the age of 11. He received his BFA from the Art Institute of Boston with a focus on alternative photographic process. After working in the New England art world and having several exhibitions, he moved to Los Angeles to work as gallery director at Gallery Luisotti. His work there with American New Topographics photographers and European students of Bernd and Hilda Becher would go on to inform his own future works. Returning to New York to pursue commercial photography he worked with clients ranging from MoMA to top restaurants, boutique hotels, and emerging musicians. He would eventually take a position as Steve Aoki's tour photographer, traveling the world with the famous Dj and documenting his exploits. His travels eventually brought him to Iceland where he fell in love with the dramatic beauty of its volcanic landscape.