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JR Pepper

Photograph copyright of JR Pepper


Photograph courtesy of Allison C. Meier

Photograph courtesy of Nick Curcio


Photograph courtesy of The Odd Salon NY

JR Pepper is a Brooklyn born-and-raised artist and professional eccentric. She holds both a BA and an MA in art history, specializing in Surrealism and the history of photography.  Her artwork has been seen in shows through  Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Group, Gristle Tattoo Gallery, Rogue Space Gallery Chelsea, Trenton Artworks, GreenPoint Gallery, The Jefferson Market Library,  Babylon New York curated by Leonardo Casas,  and various gallery shows in NY, Paris and Chile.

Various websites and publications have featured her spirit photographs and her lectures including, 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 worked as retoucher on DVDs, art catalogues and publications including  Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas (seriously), Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy, The Morbid Anatomy Anthology and multiple publications with The Burns Archive including the award-winning Picturing Freedom. Professionally she spent 15 years working in fashion and advertising working on publications and art catalogue by Annie Leibowitz, Roni Horn, Guy Bourdin and many others.  She was formerly a writer at Creepy Girl Travels and Pink Ray Gun and has spent many years working with the Morbid Anatomy Library and Museum.

JR Pepper lectures regularly at Brooklyn Braineryis a fellow and curator of the Odd Salon NY branch and lectures with The Dead Ladies Show and The House of Know at The Flying Fox. She has lectured at NY Anime Fest, Salon Con, New York Comic Con, Tokyo in Tulsa, Haunt Faire, Morbid Anatomy Museum, and The Southern Sideshow Hootenanny. More recently she was an instructor in spirit photography with Atlas Obscura.  Her other credits include horror writer, video game voice artist, back up/solo singer (at Don't Tell Mama and the Triad Theatre in NYC), licensed and registered minister, and member of the Association for Gravestone Studies.

Pepper is an adjunct professor at CUNY Brooklyn College, Digital Imaging Specialist for The Burns Archive, teacher at The Brooklyn Brainery and moonlights as a tour guide at Brooklyn's own Green-Wood Cemetery. Her first book;  Buried Boston: America's Revolutionary Necropolis, which is a photo essay about the many burial grounds and cemeteries of the Boston area-  will be due out spring of 2024

All work on the following pages is available for licensing, to license photographs or imagery from JR Pepper please email NONE of the images on this page are to be sold, or used in any publication, website or media without expressed written permission of JR Pepper. 

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