Red Star, Black Gold

PhotographerOliver Woods
Prize1st Place in Editorial / Environmental
CompanyOliver Woods
City/CountryLondon, United Kingdom
Photo DateFebruary 2009
Technical InfoMamiya 7ii, Kodak Portra 400VC
Entry Description

Lutien open cast coal mine in Inner Mongolia, China, was still one of the world’s last big industrial steam railways in 2009. The trains were based on an American design from the 1920's (still being built in China until 1999), but they were scrapped later that year. The mine is very close to the Russian border, and I was fascinated by the remoteness of the place and by the conditions there. The story is about the end of an era, and it symbolises some of China’s changing industrial practises as it finally starts abandoning nineteenth century technology.

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.