Axel Zeininger was born in Vienna in 1949. He has been working for many years as a photographer at the Kurier, Der Spiegel, GEO and Stern. In 1984, Zeininger was awarded Photgrapher of the Year by the international specialist magazine Opernwelt. Between 1981 and 2010, Zeilinger was photographer of the Vienna State Opera. He published 26 books.