Alexander Binder was born in Alexandria in 1888. The photographer was Jewish and probably of Swiss origin. He studied engineering, but interrupted his studies prematurely. From 1908 to 1910 he attended the Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Photographie, Chemie, Lichtdruck und Gravüre (Teaching and Research Institute of Photography, chemicals, light pressure and engraving) in Munich and then went to Berlin. There he opened in 1913 his first photo studio, Atelier für bildmäßige Porträt Photographie in a room in the Motzstraße.
Two years later he moved his studio to Kurfürstendamm 225, in a posh shopping and entertainment area in the centre of Berlin. He soon became one of the leading photographers of Berlin. Binder created advertising and portrait photography. His focus was primarily on celebrity and fashion photography.
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