Born in 1979 in Berlin and raised near Berlin, he completed his studies as a photographer at Freie Universität Berlin in 1997-2000.
In 2000, Jovis Verlag published the book "Potsdamer Platz - Urbane Architektur für das neue Berlin", for which Schippel supplied the pictures. In 2004 he founded Atelier Schippel and turned his focus increasingly to artistic photography. During this time he created a series of portraits about Brandenburg artists such as the sculptor Werner Stötzer, the pianists Siegfried and Michael Stöckigt, the director Wolfgang Kohlhase, the composer Georg Katzer and others. First exhibitions of his works followed shortly after. In 2010 Schippel portrayed the Humboldt University of Berlin on the occasion of its 200th anniversary.
In 2011 the photo book "Lausitz - Landschaft mit neuem Gesicht" was published together with the author Dr. André Brie and a foreword by Prof. Horst Bredekamp. In addition to contemporary photography, Alexander Schippel deals with the processing of glass plates from the period 1920-1945. 2011-2017 the artistic documentation on the renovation of the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden (Paulick, HG Merz) was produced, which was published by DOM Publishers (Baudokumentation) in 2017 and the illustrated book with the artistic documentation will be published by Hatje & Cantz (Preface by Prof. Bredekamp) in 2018.
2016 he founded the international network for artistic photography p: photography unlimited e.V., which, after the radical changes in photography (digital photography), has set itself the task of promoting artistic photography. The p:berlin network provides optimal production conditions (e.g. high-performance scanners, laboratories, etc.) for internationally active photographers.
Furthermore, Alexander Schippel regularly curates exhibitions in galleries and is involved in the production of illustrated books.
Currently, he mainly photographs Berlin projects such as the Humboldt Forum (Stadtschloss,; Franco Stella), Pergamonmuseum and the new National Gallery (Mies van der Rohe).