Treasure Chest

Photography by Julia Cumes
A man fetches water from the Ayeyarwady River in Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). Julia Cumes
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Julia Cumes was born and grew up in South Africa. She moved to the U.S. as a 16-year-old and first fell in love with photography as a teenager, when she began shooting black and white film and printing her own work. Cumes completed an M.F.A. in writing at Cornell University and a master's in photojournalism at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. Cumes works as a freelance photographer on Cape Cod, shooting for the Associated Press, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Cape Business, Newsweek, and other publications. Cumes recently had the opportunity to do a story on the relief efforts in a small fishing village in Southern Thailand, and later traveled through Burma. Cumes says her 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.' Her work can be viewed at www.juliacumesphoto.com.