Treasure Chest

Photography by Julia Cumes
A man fetches water from the Ayeyarwady River in Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). Julia Cumes for larger version

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