As America lurches toward reopening, Forbes sent some of our best photographers to chronicle what the world’s strongest economy looks like when it’s fast asleep. We’ve never seen anything like this—and with luck we’ll never see it again.
As America lurches toward reopening from the coronavirus pandemic, Forbes sent some of our best photographers to chronicle what the world’s strongest economy looks like when it’s fast asleep. We’ve never seen anything like this—and we hope we’ll never see it again.
“It was hard to see huge businesses like Target and McDonald’s appear to be thriving while small mom-and-pop shops are clearly struggling or failing. The contrast was striking. I found myself thinking about how spending money and consumerism are such a big part of our lives, and hitting the pause button makes that more apparent. We’re all thinking more about what you need versus what you thought you needed, or just wanted. I hope we come out the other end with a different perspective.”
“I was here for 9/11, but that was completely different. There was still life in other parts of the city. Now there’s no activity anywhere. Nothing. I never felt so isolated before. I was all alone. Walking in the Financial District, it was like the Everest of business was frozen. I know I’ll never see anything like this again. I had no business being down there.”
“I went to the places where I typically would be doing shoots of startups and big tech companies like Google. I wanted to walk those streets again and see what it feels like now. It was a much more grim experience than I thought it would be. There was a feeling that I shouldn’t be out here. I’m used to being in San Francisco and finding a spot to duck in to check email, grab a cup of coffee. Nothing was open, so there was no place to take a break or collect your thoughts. Palo Alto had a different uneasiness.”