For years, Rockwell has been dismissed as kitschy and cliched. But lately, critics and collectors alike have reconsidered his work. Directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg will contribute their Rockwell pieces to a Smithsonian exhibit next year, and one Rockwell painting recently sold for $15 million. Rockwell’s rosy America and literalist technique might polarize opinions, but there’s no denying the permanence and influence of his vision. And at least now, homage can be paid to the photographers who made that vision a reality.