I use to think that contact printing was a chore, a secondary task to the real work of enlargement. NOW I feel it is the purest form of image capture. In this I mean that the negative is faithfully represented, that is, the pictorial moment is captured nearly unmanipulated (nearly because dodging and burning, developer and film combinations can affect the final "look" of the print). Enlarging changes the aspect ratio which for me changes the "look and feel" of the original scene - I adjust my emotions according to the size of the viewfinder and when I check out the groundglass there is a specific emotion associated with it. Contact printing is somehow faithful to that emotion or seeing or capturing. Before this gets construed as partisan, I am not making a value judgement on print quality - results are what matters. But what I am concerned about is faithful representation of what was seen and felt under the hood or through the looking glass. I find it interesting that the same negative can be offered for sale in a multitute of sizes (u can this in 8x10, 11x14, 12x16 or 16x20). It seems that size does matter after all. Is it possible to see a scene in a variety of sizes before the shutter is released? I suppose it is but I certainly do not have the nack for it. Just my thoughts Contact Printing.