Alex Setzer is a photographer and cinematographer from Baltimore, MD, currently living and working in NYC. He received a BFA in Photography & Video from the School of Visual Arts in 2017. 

Influenced by cinema, Alex approaches his photographs in a way that is similar to that of a director, employing lighting and production techniques like those used on a film set.

The psychological narratives in Alex’s constructed photographs are inspired by the landscape of the suburbs where he grew up. In the photographs, light and color are used as narrative devices to intensify the tensions between the character and their environment, and project the internal conflict and anxieties of the character onto the scene. 



Available for commissions, will travel 


2018: Culture Trip, Kayak Polo Hits New York City’s Waters

2017: Lenscratch, The Photographic Conversations Exhibition

2017: Musée Magazine, Weekend Portfolio

2017: The Visual Opinion, Graduation Issue (23.6)

2017: W Magazine, What It Looks Like When Dustin Yellin, Roe Ethridge, and Taryn Simon Go Back to Art School

2017: American Illustration - American Photography, On View: SVA Student Work Inspired by Inspiring Mentors 

2016: Vogue Italia, Uncanny Contest

2015: Baltimore City Paper, Freddie Gray: Alex Setzer took street portraits of protesters and bystanders 

2015: The Visual Opinion, Identity (22.4)

2013: Juxtapositions Vignette, Cover



2017:  Senior Show, SVA BFA Photo Gallery, New York, NY

2017: Mentors, Visual Arts Gallery, Mentored by Peter MacGill, New York, NY

2016: Imagery from Darkness, SVA BFA Photo Gallery, New York, NY

2015: Photofeast: Pin Up Show, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

2014: Fifth Stanza, The Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD

2013: Member's Show, Towson Arts Collective, Baltimore, MD

2013: Greenwood Art Show, Greenwood Mansion, Baltimore, MD



2017: Finalist, Photographer's Forum Magazine 37th Annual Contest

2017: Alumni Scholarship, SVA Alumni Society

2016: Department Scholarship, SVA BFA Photography & Video

2016: Alice Beck-Odette Scholarship, SVA BFA Photography & Video

2014 : Finalist, Photographer's Forum Magazine 34th Annual Contest

2013: Gold Key, Scholastic Art & Writing Competition



The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University