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Charles Sheeler, American, 1883-1965, Side of a White Barn, 1915; gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Lane Collection.

Following trends in modern painting, Sheeler found an abstract composition in the simple architecture of rural Pennsylvania. The result is one of the groundbreaking photographs of its day and is perhaps one of the earliest examples of a photograph made in the modern style, which was characterized by attention to basic shapes, lines, and textures.