In December 1890 Alexander Engel opened a photo studio in Tiflis. Earlier, known as a landscape painter, he worked in Central Asia and Northern Caucasus. In 1879 he received a silver medal of Petersburg's Geografical Society and in 1881 the Diploma of International Congress of Geographers. In 1879 A. Engel was a member of Russian Imperial Geographic Society. He was an author of album "Railways of Caspian Land". In 1895 he opened a photo lithographic studio. Since 1896 he worked as a photographer on Transcaucasian Railway.
He was missing in Central Asia during the Civil war in 1918.