The temples of Angkor are among the most beautiful, mysterious and awe-inspiring achievements on Earth. They exist in a lost world of stone gods and intricately carved demons dating back to the Khmer Empire that is buried deep in the jungles of southeast Asia.
Entwined in a silent struggle with the forces of nature, these magnificent temples mimic the plight of the Cambodian people as they fight to escape the long shadow of Pol Pot's infamous dictatorship.
From religious glory and downfall, through modern tragedy and into a new generation of hope and tourism, James King's collection of personal images represents a nation at once timeless and in the throes of violent change.
'Khmer - Shadow in the Ruins' will transport you to a realm of mystery and adventure that will haunt your dreams for ever.
James King is a designer and photographer with a passion for adventure. Over the years he has travelled the world, from roughing it in the Borneo rainforest to exploring the ‘lost’ Incan city of Machu Picchu. He has flown over the Nazca Lines, gazed in awe at the Forbidden City, crossed the Great Wall of China, walked across fire and negotiated the notoriously perilous underground journey from Liverpool Street Station to Tottenham Court Road on the Central Line (at rush hour) more times than any man alive. Life has led James in many directions and he has been lucky enough to set foot on Skywalker Ranch and visit that ‘Galaxy, far, far away...’ while working as Art Editor on The Official Star Wars Fact File. He has also travelled in time with Doctor Who - Battles in Time magazine. This book is a tribute to all those people who just can’t say no when the promise of reckless adventure lands in their lap.
The King & I Published June 12, 2010