The current issue of LensWork has a great interview with Richard Benson. Discussing current printing technology he says:
I’m going to be blunt. The digital revolution makes all that old stuff just garbage. You can make an inkjet print that beats any platinum print hands down. You can do color prints on matte surface rag paper with a color response that’s better than anything we’ve had.
When asked about C-prints (the most likely print you will see in museums or galleries these days) he says:
I just can’t wait until digital C-prints disappear, because I think they’re really stupid. They’re made on this hugely expensive device with conventional chemical photographic paper and usually without a very good tonal scale or color scale… But boy a good inkjet print is a killer.
The opinion of Richard Benson is worth listening to. He has more experience and knowledge about printing than almost anyone. Not only has he been a professor of photography at Yale for 20-years, he also has just come out with a book on the history of printing technology going back to the Renaissance. I plan to review this book (The Printed Picture) later this week.
Lenswork is one of my favorite magazines. Rather than deal with talking about the latest gadgets, Lenswork discusses the creative process behind successful fine art photography.