Anthropause 2020: Lockdown in Los Angeles

Westhoff Publishing

Anthropause 2020: The year when humans shut down the planet.

Lockdown in Los Angeles

The photos you're about to see were taken during the coronavirus lockdown of 2020.

What makes these images so unusual is how devoid of people they are.

We Angelinos have never seen our city so empty.

Los Angeles is one of the busiest cities in the world. A human ant hill. Crawling. Teeming with life.

These photos were taken at busy places and on always crowded streets, that are suddenly deserted.

It's an unprecedented moment in human history.

For a brief moment, we were frozen in time. Human activity around the globe came to a grinding halt, while the world held its breath in fear.

We all together shared a pivotal moment in human history: a moment that will be remembered for centuries, for its silence.

It was the calm before the storm.

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About the author

Gaspirtz's award-winning cartoons have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines like Saturday Evening PostSUN and National Enquirer

His work has also been featured in dozens of books, including the New York Times best-selling series, Chicken Soup For The Soul

You might have seen some of his comics online, on sites like BuzzFeed.

Gaspirtz cartoons have been on display in several museums, like the Museum of Modern Art in Tehran, Iran and the National Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, Florida.

In the late 1980s, Gaspirtz founded a video game development company called Amok Entertainment. 

After programming several 8-bit games, he retired from coding and focused on game design as project manager for games like Pot Panic and Woody The Worm. Some of Amok's games were published by a subsidiary of Electronic Arts.

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Jul 28, 2020
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