Virtual Conversations: Mikado’s Farewell

Our next presentation for Virtual Conversations is “Mikado’s Farewell – China’s Last Steam Railroad,” by Travis Dewitz and Todd Halamka. View it now on YouTube.

Dewitz and Halamka made a two-week winter visit in 2018 to photograph steam locomotives at a remote coal mine railroad in China, located 2700 kilometers northwest of Beijing. Scott Lothes moderates a discussion between them about their trip, photography, and experiences.

Halamka is a practicing architect and founder of Todd Halamka + Partners in downtown Chicago. His focus on railroad photography began in 2011, combining his lifelong love of trains and the outdoors with his fascination for image making.

Dewitz is a photographer based out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He has been published or featured in National Geographic, Trains magazine, Bakken Business Journal, Un-Sung Magazine, Vogue Italia, Cinamagic, Child Model Magazine, International Contemporary Artists Vol. XII, Amtrak brochures, Volume One, and Railfan & Railroad magazine. He is also the author of Blaze Orange – Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin.

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A worker at the SanDaoLing coal mining railroad in northwestern China walks past a JS-class 2-8-2 steam locomotive in 2018. Photograph by Travis Dewtiz