There’s an interesting interview in Lenswork No. 84 about printing. Richard Benson, Professor of Photography and author of a book, The Printed Picture has many interesting things to say about printing and photography. The interview is not available on-line, you’ll have to purchase a copy but here’s a quote I found interesting:
“The digital revolution makes all that old stuff[platinum printing, etc] just garbage. You can make an inkjet print that beats any platinum hands down.” Later he says that he is referring to matte papers and that semi-gloss/gloss papers still need work. Both he and the interview(Brooks Jensen) seem to believe that Hahnemühle Photo Rag papers are the best.