About Julia Cumes

I'm a South African-born photographer based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with a focus on culture, outdoor/lifetyle, travel, wildlife conservation, photojournalistic weddings and portraiture. I'm passionate about showing the viewer a different version of the world and sharing intimate stories and extraordinary moments that would otherwise be accessible to only a few. I am particularly invested in exploring stories about women's issues and wildlife 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 local publications such as Cape Cod Magazine, South Shore Living etc. I've also worked on numerous long term personal projects and multi media pieces around the world. 

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 on Cape Cod and am a resident photographer at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod where I have a studio/gallery. I was awarded the 2015 "Art Within Reach" grant and solo show for my project "Invisible Selves: An Exploration of Female Identity and Experience" and have had a variety of other solo shows since then. Most recently, I was awarded a 2017 AFCC Visual Arts Fellowship for my work exploring issues of female identity through photography.

I strive to create photographs one can't turn away from--photos that are powerful and capture in a unique way this extraordinary world we live in. Please feel free to reach out and connect.

To view more of my editorial and non-profit photography, visit juliacumes.com