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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, Bloomberg News, VICE, Reuters, 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. When not taking photos, Cheney spends a lot of his time with his senior Rottweiler Mix, Yoda and his girlfriend, Marine together searching for bodegas in Tucson that are open after 9:00pm.
2019 - Eddie Adams Workshop XXXII, 2018 - New York Times Portfolio Review , 2017 - Missouri Photo Workshop - Team Gilka Award, 2020 - Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Fellow
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A self portrait taken with my dad in his apartment in November, 2016. Between my being the main photographer in the family and the fact that we often took turns visiting David one-on-one, photos of us together in these years are rare.
My dad grew up in the dry deserts of Arizona but always yearned for salt water and waves. Here he floats in the waters of Barnegat Bay, NJ, during a family kayaking trip in May 2015.