Julia Cumes is a South African-born photographer based on Cape Cod. As a photographer, she is particularly invested in exploring stories about the struggles women and girls face around the world and has spent much of her career working on these kinds of projects in Africa and East Asia.
Julia 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 and National Geographic as well as local publications such as the Cape Cod Times, Cape Cod Magazine, Chatham Magazine and South Shore Living.
Julia's work has been exhibited widely on Cape Cod and most recently, she received the 2017 AFCC visual arts fellowship for her continued exploration of female identity and experience 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," she says.