About Julia Cumes

I'm a South African-born photographer based in Massachusetts. I'm passionate about story telling and capturing real moments of human connection and intimacy. I'm particularly invested in exploring stories about the struggles women and girls face as well education and conservation and have worked on many projects focused on these issues in Africa and East Asia.

I first fell in love with photography as a teenager in apartheid-era South Africa when I began shooting black and white film and printing my own work. Since then, I've completed a B.A. at Brandeis University, an M.F.A. in writing at Cornell University, a Masters in Photojournalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and have been working as a photographer ever since.

Over the course of my career, I've photographed for a variety of newspapers, magazines, non-profit organizations, businesses, corporations and private clients. My work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, the London Times as well as a variety of local publications.  I've also worked on numerous long term personal projects and my work has been widely exhibited on Cape Cod and elsewhere.

My blog, Apertures and Anecdotes features a wide range of photographs and the stories behind them. During the past four winters, I've spent time teaching photography to children in Rwanda as well as to tribal Samburu Women at the On'gan Women's Cooperative in Kenya. I also teach a variety of photography workshops and classes locally  and am a resident photographer at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod where I have a studio/gallery. My next international photo workshop will be held in Cuba In March of 2020 through the women's travel company, Purposeful Nomad. Please feel free to reach out and connect! Thank you.--Julia