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.