Axel Schmidt was born in 1971 in Braunschweig, Germany. His career began in science, a foundation that is still evident in his image-making renowned for its clean, graphic and sophisticated aesthetic. He has been a lifelong lover of innovation and technology and a dedicated proponent of modernism. Axel’s 20 year award-winning career has been established in photojournalism, later shifted to global campaigns and editorials for major technology companies like Siemens, BASF, Takenaka, First Solar, Continental, TenneT and others. To counterbalance his commercial projects Axel, in his personal work, pursues documentary work on contemporary scientific endeavors like the CERN in Switzerland and the Very Large Telescope in Chile.
He is based in Berlin.
Axel maintains the following certificates:

Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET)
Global Wind Organisation (GWO) First aid
Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Working at Heights
Hostile Environment Training by Oakleaf Worldwide
Protection and Behavior in Crisis Regions by the German Army
Advanced Course Protection and Behavior in Crisis Regions by the German Army
1977 GERMANY, dreaming of rockets
1999 ANTARCTICA with colleagues from the AWI Glaciology departement
2010 AUSTRALIA Woomera Test Range

2016 GERMANY shooting  for Siemens