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Alex Elena was born and raised in Rome into a family of musicians and artists. He began at a very young age as a drummer, playing professionally from the age of 17. Later, he began producing music, landing a Grammy nomination for the soul singer Alice Smith.

Alex’s work evolved to include photography in 2009, when a sudden decision to create a portrait of the Darien Strip took him to Panama. His father was his first creative mentor in music, but regarding photography, he is completely self-taught. He’s photographed a range of subjects spanning the globe from the slums of Kenya, everyday life in The Gambia, the vanishing Indigenous tribes in Central America, to the aftermath of the war in the former Yugoslavia. 

His book of photography entitled A Mission In Panama was installed as a multimedia event in London and Rome. All proceeds from the sales of this work were donated to charity for the preservation of the Indigenous cultures of Central America.

Alex's photos have been featured on publications such as Vogue, The New York Times, The Daily Mail, La Repubblica, Relix, to mention a few.

Alex currently lives in Los Angeles.