What if everyone on Earth suddenly vanished, leaving behind pristine cities devoid of human life? These astonishing timelapse videos show us what cities from San Francisco to Shanghai would look like as ghost towns.
San Francisco, directed by Ross Ching
Shanghai, China, in an advertising video for TaoBao Mall, a Chinese-language website for business-to-consumer online retail, now known as Tmall
São Paulo, Brazil, an advertising video of the Corinthians Sports Club Official Store
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, directed by Bruce W. Berry Jr.
New York City, directed by Ross Ching
The dead city of Saarbrücken, Germany, directed by Sebastian Greiber
Washington D.C. without people, directed by Ross Ching
Barcelona without people and traffic, by myLapse
NEVER, a short film that could be a prelude to Mad Max, shot in Paris, France, directed by Juka
Bonus: China's Empty Cities