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Gentleman, I still think you're missing the point. It's not my opinion. Compared to the creating the negative, there are just more creative options in the printing process. REGARDLESS if you have a darkroom or not.
I mean, you can take a negative and contact print it, make a kallitype or platinum print, you can use fiber paper, you can introduce an infinite number of toners, you can crop, make small prints, large prints, high contrast, low contrast, there's lith printing, amidol developers, multiple cropping options, dodging/burning, and on and on and on.
Really, once you've shot the image, you really want to be using one film and developer and one method for consistent results. THEN you can interpret the negative anyway you want.
This is not my opinion. Just do the math and look at the options and you can only come to the same conclusions.
Seriously, ever hear of Jerry Uelsmann??
Yes, I know Bresson and many others didn't do any darkroom work. BUT there creativity came BEFORE creating the negative (same with Ansel,Weston, and others).
The final print process is:
1. Pick the subject, lighting, the concept, etc.. Prolly 75% of the creative process if not much more.
2. Develop the negative. Should be a straight forward process.
3. Print the negative. At the heart of much of the artistic expressive process.
Study any accomplished photographer and they will stress numbers 1 and 3 NEVER number 2. What does that tell you??