Julia Cumes

Julia Cumes is a  South African-born photographer based in Massachusetts. She's passionate about capturing authentic moments of interaction and sharing intimate stories and extraordinary moments that would otherwise be accessible to only a few. She's particularly invested in exploring stories about the struggles women and girls face as well as wildlife conservation and has spent much of her career working on these kinds of projects in Africa and East Asia.

She first fell in love with photography as a teenager in apartheid-era South Africa when she began shooting black and white film and printing her own work. Since then, she's 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 has been working as a photographer ever since. 

Over the course of her career, she has photographed for a variety of newspapers, magazines, non-profit organizations, businesses, corporations and private clients. Her 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.

Her blog, Apertures and Anecdotes, features a wide range of photographs from around the world and the stories behind them. During the past four winters, she has 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 has been exhibited widely on Cape Cod as well as elsewhere.

"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," she says. Please check out her beautiful work here: www.juliacumes.com