Nov. 18, 2021
Orenstein (also known as A/O) is an award-winning, New York-based portrait photographer. One of her many personal projects, “The Queer Artists Series,” focuses on more than 50 iconic portraits of the thriving queer community in New York City since 2015. She started a new body of work in September 2020, “Women of The Grove: A Lesbian Portrait." This is an ongoing personal project highlighting the legacy of the lesbian community in Cherry Grove, N.Y., which the anthropologist Esther Newton called, “America's first gay and lesbian town.”
A/O shoots both commercially and editorially. Some her clients include: Ford, Walgreens, U.S. Bank, Delta, Knoll, Walmart, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Food & Wine, BlackBook, New York Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Interview, Artforum, The Guardian, Spin, Real Simple, People, The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, and Town & Country.
She has been in several group shows and had a solo exhibition entitled “California” at the College of Art and Design in Wilmington, Del. A/O has won many competitions and awards over the course of her career. She is a four-time winner of the AI-AP American Photography Competition (2021, 2020, 2015 and 2012); Grand Prize Winner PDN Faces Competition (2016); Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Photography Annual (2015).