Julie Cumes, Photographer

Julia Cumes


Julia was born in South Africa and moved to the United States as a 15 year-old. She first fell in love with photography as a teenager in South Africa when she began shooting black and white film and printing her own work. 

Since then she has 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.  

Julia currently photographs for a variety of newspapers, magazines and organizations. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the London Times and Washington Post to name a few. She has owned her own photojournalistic wedding photography business for 12 years and has won "best of weddings" (on theknot.com) numerous times, most recently in 2013.

She has also worked on multiple long-term photojournalism projects and multi-media pieces in South Africa, India, Thailand, Tanzania, New York City and Hawaii. Her blog, "Apertures and Anecdotes" features a wide range of photographs (both hers and those of other photographers) and the stories behind them.  Most recently, she was nominated for a Magnum Foundation emergency fund grant.

"My goal is to create images that move and inform, that are beautiful and capture in a unique way this extraordinary and complex world we live in," she says.

To see Julia's more in-depth photojournalism work, please visit juliacumes.com