Welcome to Cambodia: From War Zone to Tourist Destination

Photographed by Paul K. Cummings

Neither journalist nor photographer, Paul Cummings was postwar Cambodia’s first tourist and was able to document various rare aspects of Cambodia after a brutal war and a bloody revolution.

Heading a pioneering tour company, he led the first tourist group to visit Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat after the fall of the Khmer Rouge and made many private visits to the country to survey tourist areas commencing in 1983.

“Welcome to Cambodia: From War Zone to Tourist Destination” is a selection of the hundreds of images he took of Cambodia at that time, and will form a permanent part of Bophana Center’s website.

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  • June 14, 2021 · 8:00 am Online
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Paul Cummings, Road from Pochentong Airport, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Street scene, Monivong area, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1983-1984

Paul Cummings, Street scene, Monivong area, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1983-1984

Paul Cummings, Street scene, Monivong area, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1983-1984

Paul Cummings, Street scene, Monivong area, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1983-1984

Paul Cummings, Abandoned cars, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Street scene, Monivong area, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1983-1984

Paul Cummings, Street scene, Monivong area, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1983-1984

Paul Cummings, Angkor Wat tire factory, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Village scene, Cambodia, 1983

Paul Cummings, Street scene, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1983

Paul Cummings, Tuol Tompoung market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Students at Fine Arts School, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Camion full of passengers, Highway 5 on the way to Kampong Chhnang, 1983

Paul Cummings, Barge crossing Tonle Sap replacing the destroyed bridge, Chroy Changvar, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1983

Paul Cummings, Two men in their house, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, A family in a village, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Village scene, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Children at Hungarian-funded orphanage, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Medicine students, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Khmer New Year, Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Traditional music band, Tonle Bati, Takeo, Cambodia, 1983

Paul Cummings, First tour organized by Paul Cummings, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Temple Guard, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 1984

Paul Cummings, Return of Sihanouk, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1991