Max Alpert was born in Simferopol, settled in Odessa and enlisted in the Red Army in 1919.
After serving, he moved to Moscow where he began his career as a photojournalist for Rabochaia Gazeta and Pravda. In 1931, he began working for the publication USSR in Construction.
His most notable contributions were a series of photographs of a hydroelectric plant on the Dnepr and a series on the construction of the Fergana Canal.
Alpert is also known for his series “Giant and Builder” chronicling the career of Viktor Kalmykov, an illiterate mason who became a great constructor at the Magnitogorsk steel foundry.
He collaborated with Arkady Shaikhet and Solomon Tules on the project ”Twenty-four Hours in the Life of the Fillippov Family,” a series which publicized the secure and happy life of Soviet workers in contrast to the lifestyle of workers in capitalist countries in the early 1930s.
During World War II, Alpert worked as a correspondent for TASS. His post war years were spent as a reporter for the Novosti press agency.