Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Alex attended the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, majoring in film production and still photography. His early years were spent on the camera crews of studio films including "Twister," "Conspiracy Theory," and "Armageddon," learning from top ASC cinematographers. Alex has grown to become a full-time cinematographer of indie films, music videos, and has served as the Director of Photography for NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" for 13 years.
In 2003, Alex received an Oscar Nomination for the short film "Johnny Flynton," which he shot and produced. Alex repeated the dual role of cinematographer and co-producer on "Green Street Hooligans" about London’s football-gang subculture starring Elijah Wood, winning both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2005 South By Southwest Film Festival. Alex wrote, produced and shot the documentary feature "Bigger Stronger Faster" about steroid use in professional sports, which premiered in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed theatrically.
In 2009, Alex started experimenting with the HDSLR format for SNL, shooting the show's title sequence and most of the season's commercial parodies with a new generation of smaller more powerful cameras and utilizing G-Technology storage for his field acquisition. Alex is a member of the Writer's Guild of America, the International Documentary Association and the International Cinematographer's Guild. He lives in Venice, California with his wife and son where he continues to write, produce, and shoot for his production company, Third Person.