I have long been an advocate for the traditional B&W darkroom. One of my initial attractions to B&W photography was the diversity of controls and expressive techniques offered. Dodging, burning, bleaching, negative staining, etc lead to a more personally expressive image that was difficult at best to do with color materials. The digital world has changed all that. I now embrace the ability to mess with my digitally scanned color transparencies in the same manner that I've enjoyed doing so with traditional B&W. I am thrilled that I can work on color or B&W images in even greater detail than I ever could in the darkroom. Though I still use BW film in my view camera and make "silver" prints in my wet darkroom, I am also enjoying the creative output I am able to achieve via the digital process.
I currently Epson Exhibition Fine Art for both Color and BW images. I sometimes prefer digital color images made on matte papers because they do not have the distractive reflective glare of many glossy color materials. Inkjet prints on matte paper offer that "look into my eyes" feeling that one gets with a traditional dye transfer or carbro print without the associated cost. I continue to explore the traditional and digital methods and do so looking for the most appropriate and expressive method to present the images I make. Let your creative expression determine the materials to be used and not the other way around!