John Randolph Pepper, Italian, (1958) was born and raised in Rome; he lives in Palermo and works worldwide.
Pepper started his career in black & white analogue photography with an apprenticeship to Ugo Mulas at the age of 14. He published his first photograph at age 15 and had his first show when he was 17.
He studied History of Art at Princeton University, where he was also the youngest member of the exclusive painting program, ‘185 Nassau Street’. He then became a ‘Directing Fellow’ at The American Film Institute, (Los Angeles) and subsequently worked as a director in theatre and film for 20 years. During that time he continued to take photographs with his Leica camera always using the same Ilford HP5 film stock
John R. Pepper, represented by the ‘Art of Foto Gallery’ (St. Petersburg), and The Empty Quarter Gallery (Dubai), is a ‘Cultural Ambassador’ of numerous Italian Institutes of Culture in may parts of the world.
He has exhibited his different projects ‘Rome: 1969 — An Homage to Italian Neo-Realist Cinema’, ‘Sans Papier’, ‘Evaporations’ in the United States, France, Italy, the Middle East and Russia. He has published three books since 2008 and is represented in several major museums around the world.
Pepper has been working on his project ‘Inhabited Deserts’ since 2005, where he explores deserts and their effect on time, history and people. ‘Inhabited Deserts’ debuted in Paris in November 2017.
In November 2018, after participating at Paris Photo with the Galerie Sophie Scheidecker, ‘Inhabited Deserts’ went to Tel Aviv, Israel, representing Italy at
the 6th ‘Photo Is:Rael’ Festival. In December 2018 ‘Inhabited Deserts’ opened at The Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai (U.A.E.).
In 2019 the exhibition shows in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and then again for a tour of 6 cities before returning to Moscow in 2020. In 2021 it will be seen in Switzerland, the
United Kingdom and will tour the United States and finally return to Rome.