Currently based in Tucson, Arizona

Cheney Orr was born in Arizona and raised in New York City. His first long-term photo essay documenting his father’s journey with early-onset Alzheimer's was published by The New York Times Lens Blog in January 2018. Cheney's photographs and reporting have also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg News, VICE, among others. After living the majority of his life in Brooklyn, Cheney moved back to Arizona in 2019 to explore overlooked narratives in the American Southwest. At the moment, Cheney is working on stories and daily assignments investigating the impacts of and responses to COVID-19 in Arizona while also pursuing a long-term project about family caregiving with support from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation. When not taking photos, Cheney spends a lot of his time with his senior Rottweiler Mix, Yoda and his girlfriend, Marine, searching the streets of Tucson for a Brooklyn bodega.

Instagram Portfolio: @orr_photo


The New York Times,  The Wall Street Journal,  Reuters,  Bloomberg News,  VICE, The Intercept, The Guardian,  The Washington Post,  TIME, CNN, NBC, Politico,  Gothamist,  The New York Post, Curbed NY,  VAGA Magazine, Entropic Magazine


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) 


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

Using Format