The Author

Portrait photo of Sam Roberts

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Sam Roberts | | +44 (0) 7989 409 046 | @ghostsigns | Facebook

About Me

I am a photographer, writer and researcher with a passion for hand-painted signs. This interest started in Stoke Newington, London, where I catalogued the fading remains of advertising painted onto buildings a.k.a. ‘Ghostsigns’. I have subsequently written numerous articles on the subject and, in early 2010, launched the History of Advertising Trust Ghostsigns Archive. This archive records, photographically, hundreds of examples of hand painted advertising on walls from across the UK and Ireland.

In September 2010, I moved to Cambodia to work alongside my wife with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). Based in the North Eastern town of Kratie, I dedicated my free time to recording the hand-painted signs I’ve found here. This book is the result of these investigations.

My passion for hand-painted signs continues and my wider research in this area can be followed on the Ghostsigns blog at I’m always interested in hearing from people who want to share and discuss this, and any other aspects of hand-painted signage. Please get in touch using the details above.


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Hand-Painted Signs of Kratie is a Ghostsigns publication. All material on this site, unless stated otherwise, is copyright Sam Roberts and Ghostsigns.

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