Red Star, Black Gold

PhotographerOliver Woods
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyOliver Woods
City/CountryLondon, United Kingdom
Photo DateFebruary 2009
Technical InfoMamiya 7II, Kodak Portra
Entry Description

Lutien mine is an open cast coal mine in Inner Mongolia, China. The mine had one of the biggest industrial railroads left in the world, with over 50 steam trains operating in the pit. The mine is on the edge of Siberia and in winter temperatures drop to about minus 30. I was particularly fascinated by the working conditions within the mine, and what day to day life was like for ordinary workers in this surreal environment. The railroad was scrapped in 2010, and the trains replaced by modern dump trucks.

About Photographer

Oliver Woods is a London-based freelance photographer, who specialises in editorial portrait and other magazine work. Oliver has been published in a variety of magazines, including the Sunday Times, FT Weekend and Newsweek.