Alessio Maximilian Schroder was born in Rome (Italy) in 1985.

He moved to Austria in 2004, initially studying philosophy and Slavic philology at the University of Vienna,
then photography at the Fotoschule Wien until 2008. During this period his works were primarily concerned
with social and political subjects in Eastern Europe, particulary in Hungary, Slovakia and Serbia.
In 2009 he moved to Belgrade (Serbia) where he pursued the project Blokovi that explored both social and spatial patterns of the district Novi Beograd, the most ambitious urbanisation project carried out in ex-Yugoslavia.
 After receiving his Master’s degree in Photojournalism from the Institute of Photography (ISFCI)
in Rome in 2010, Schroder embarked on a photographic study of the district Neve Sha’anan in Tel Aviv (Israel), focusing on social issues such as immigration, drug addiction and prostitution.
From his experience of Corpustrip (2011), the travelling exhibition around Europe by Luca Donnini, and his first trips to India followed the photo series Exposed (2011-2013): a personal photographic research into the liminal nature of the body and the image, marked by a critical reflection on the role of photography in contemporary media environment. Based again in Vienna at this time, he critically elaborated on the cultural context of the Austrian capital. This resulted in the series Hana (2012), an intimate and personal portrait of a Polish woman living on the fringes of Viennese society. However, the commercialisation of sexuality as a metaphor for the social relations observed in Vienna was deeply depicted in Porne (2010-2013), a portrait series of Viennese sex workers whose aim is to show the empowerment and agency of these individuals.
In 2014 he moved to Kolkata (India). In the wake of the interpretative approach of the project Porne,
he started the new long-term photographic research The Shape of Self where he focused on the transgender and transsexual communities of Kolkata urban areas, portraying the identities of a group that, despite political changes, is struggling for its social acceptance and integration in India. The project is still ongoing.
During these years he also started cooperating with the Cinema Industry. In 2014 he collaborated as a photographer with the Tollywood Industry in Kolkata. In 2015 he was asked to shoot in Tel Aviv the opening video portraits of Ram Nehari's first feature film Don't Forget Me (presented in several International Film Festivals such as Haifa, Rotterdam and awarded with 5 prices at the 35° Torino Film Festival). In 2016 he worked as still photographer for Ludwig Wüst's Departure (presented at the 68° Berlinale Film Festival).

He is currently living and working between Kolkata and Vienna.