Charles Sheeler

  • 1883 - 1965
  • Photographer
  • American

Primarily a painter, Charles Sheeler turned to photography around 1912 in order to make a living. Initially he worked on assignments from Philadelphia architects to photograph their buildings while beginning to exhibit his paintings and photographs. He moved to New York City in 1919 and the next year collaborated with the photographer Paul Strand on a film, Mannahatta, a study of the urban high-rise environment. Sheeler received recognition for both his paintings and his photography, which were made in the clear-focus, highly detailed Precisionist style.