Hi! Thanks so much for bringing up printing. It really is such an integrated part of how black and white work was being done in the eras discussed here. I began my photography in 1980 and spent ungodly hours in the darkroom. Then had my own darkroom through art school. In all those years of doing my own development and printing, my main takeaway was that my work looked much better when I worked with a professional. It all came pouring back when I first saw Finding Vivian Maier, which illustrated just how much her incredible work was intertwined with her printer. I, too, work very closely with a printer who knows my work and speaks my own particular language about my work.
When it truly matters — editions, gallery shows, etc. — I’ve been a fan of Digital Silver Printing so that, at the very least, the final product has the quality of a “real” print, with completely neutral image tones. Makes a huge difference.