JR Pepper is a Brooklyn born-and-raised photographer, lecturer, retoucher and archivist. She holds both a BA and an MA specializing in women artists in the Surrealist movement. Her spirit photography is blend of digital and film techniques and achieves a subtle creepiness with her work, like a noise in an otherwise empty house. All of her artwork uses the least amount of digital retouching as possible to create a sense of the believable within the unbelievable.
She spent over ten years working in the fashion photography industry as the lead archivist for two of the leading retouching companies while pursuing her photography and her lectures. She is proudest of her work with The Burns Archive, where she has worked as digital imaging specialist for the past 4 years.
Her work has been seen with Gristle Tattoo, Rogue Space Gallery Chelsea, Trenton Artworks, GreenPoint Gallery, Lovecraft Bar NYC, The Jefferson Market Library, Babylon New York curated by Leonardo Casas, Alrealon Musique, Gothic Lolita Magazine, and various gallery shows in NY, Paris and Chile.
Various websites have featured her photographs and her lectures including About.com, Between Mirrors, Kotaku, and VICE: The Creator's Project, The General Manga Initiative , The Village Voice, Haunted America FAQ by Dave Thompson and Chilean fanzine Estrellita Mia. She has also had her retouching work featured on DVDs, art catalogues and publications including Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy, The Morbid Anatomy Anthology and multiple upcoming publications with The Burns Archive. She was formerly a writer at Creepy Girl Travels and has spent many years working with the Morbid Anatomy Library and Museum.
She lives by a cemetery with her dog, Lydia, and two guinea pigs-one of which looks like a wig. JR Pepper lectures regularly at Brooklyn Brainery and is a fellow and curator of the Odd Salon NY branch. She is currently working on a book featuring her spirit photographs and recently had her first short story published by AM INK.