I recently passed through Phnom Penh — my first visit to the city in about three years — and have to admit that I hardly recognised the place. The town’s never-ending construction finally appears finished, and with a slick new waterfront promenade, a handful of glassy high-rise buildings and the new and the seemingly North Korean-influenced Council of Ministers building, the city is looking more modern than ever. Perhaps it’s inevitable then that I noticed a dearth of the type of old-school shop signs that used to be everywhere in the city. Computer technology and printing are ubiquitous and cheap now, and in the cities at least, signs and adverts are no longer painted by hand. Fortunately today, while organising my photos, I came across a folder of images such signs, taken on a previous trip in 2007. Another gallery of Cambodian signs can be seen at Phnomenon.