"I do think about why people are all of a sudden looking at my work and it occurs to me that it may have needed a distance in time for people to see what I was actually looking at. People need time. It’s much easier to look at the past than to look at the present."
Stephen Store, whose photos were critically savaged and derided in the 1970s for everything from their subject matter (contemporary and quotidian) to their use of colour. They do now very much look like the past rather than the present - and America should be grateful to him for having the foresight to preserve that past for posterity.
(Thanks to Neil for the link.)