About Julia Cumes


Julia Cumes is a South African-born photographer based in Massachusetts.  She's passionate about story telling and capturing real moments of human connection and intimacy.

Over the course of her career, she has photographed for a variety of magazines, newspapers, humanitarian and wildlife rescue organizations, businesses, corporations and private clients. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and the London Times as well as a variety of local publications. She has also worked on numerous long term personal projects and her work has been widely exhibited on Cape Cod and elsewhere. Among her awards, she has received an Cape Cod Arts foundation Fellowship, an Alexia Foundation student grant and an "Art Within Reach" grant.

Julia completed a B.A. at Brandeis University, an M.F.A. in writing at Cornell University and a Masters in Photojournalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.

Her blog, Apertures and Anecdotes features a wide range of photographs and the stories behind them. During the past four winters, she spent time teaching photography to children in Rwanda as well as to tribal Samburu Women at the On'gan Women's Cooperative in Kenya. She also teaches a variety of photography workshops and classes locally  and is a resident photographer at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod where she has a studio/gallery. Her next international photo workshops will be held in Cuba In March of 2020 through the women's travel company, Purposeful Nomad and in Marakesh, Morocco in October 2020.