Born in Arizona and raised in New York City, Cheney's first long-term photo essay documented his father’s journey with early-onset Alzheimer's and was published by The New York Times Lens Blog in 2018. Subsequently, he was awarded the Mary Ellen Mark memorial scholarship to attend the one-year certificate program at the International Center of Photography as a 2019 graduate.
Cheney has reported from throughout the U.S. and is a regular contributor to Reuters and Bloomberg News. His other editorial clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Agence France-Presse.
Cheney is the founder of Picturing Care, a participatory media project focused on family caregiving.
Cheney has completed Hostile Environment training through Thomson Reuters (2022) and Silkroad Training (2020) and Wildland Fire training through Arizona Wildfire Academy (2021). He is a FAA Part 107-certified and insured drone pilot.
His commissioned work largely focuses on breaking news stories and his personal work is often focused on explorations of memory, family and community.
After spending his 20's primarily as a construction worker and production assistant, at the end of 2019 Cheney departed from his hometown of Brooklyn and dedicated himself to fully pursuing a photographic career in the broader United States. He carries with him an unrelenting work ethic and a commitment to report with with honesty, integrity and an open heart.
Instagram Portfolio: @orr_photo
CLIENTS & PUBLICATIONS
Reuters, Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal, VICE, The New York Times, Buzzfeed News, Agence France-Presse, CNN, NBC, BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Aljazeera, TIME, The Globe and Mail, Politico, The Intercept, Gothamist, The New York Post, Curbed NY, VAGA Magazine, Entropic Magazine
GRANTS, AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2021 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for feature photography with Reuters team covering climate change
2020 Fellowship from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation
2019 Eddie Adams XXXII Workshop, Jeffersonville, NY
2018 Mary Ellen Mark Memorial Scholarship (International Center of Photography)
2018 New York Times Portfolio Review
2017 Missouri PhotoWorkshop (Team Gilka Award)
2022 - Photoville - in partnership with care:work - (Group Exhibition) - NYC
2020 - The Lonka Project - (Group Exhibition) - United Nations Headquarters, NYC
2019 - Some People EVERY Body - (Group Exhibition) - Chicago
2019 - The Underground Almanac - ICP - (Group Exhibition) - NYC
2018 - J20 - Ted Gusek Studio - (Group Exhibition) - NYC
2017 -Juxtapose Clubhouse - (Group Exhibition) - Miami
2017 - We Brought it to New York - Superchief Gallery - (Group Exhibition) - NYC
2016 -Flagship Grand Opening - Superchief Gallery - (Group Exhibition) - NYC
2016 - American Splendor - Head Too Heavy Gallery - (Group Exhibition) - NYC
2015 - And Tomorrow - City Bird Gallery -(Group Exhibition) - NYC
2014 - A Future Uncertain: Young in Ukraine - Ukrainian Institute of America - (Solo Exhibition) - NYC
2013 - Fifteen Warren (Group Exhibition) - NYC
2013 - An Art Installation at Max Fish (Group Exhibition) - NYC