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. She is a multi-talented performer, lecturer and artist specializing in bizarre aspects of art and history. Her spirit photography has been featured worldwide including on VICE.com. She is proudest of her work with The Burns Archive, and Animal Haven Shelter.
Her photography 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, Musee Magazine 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 has performed at variety of conventions, panels and stages, published stories, sang at Don't Tell Mama. She lives in NY where she wanders graveyards, obsesses over Broadway, her hedgehog addicted dog and her guinea pig that looks like a wig.