It seems there's a current preference for darker, less bright prints, for lack of a better description, low key.

Lots of shadow and mid range detail, with most hilights well down the brighness scale. Many of the prints don't even seem to use the full brightness range for specular highlights. Anyone else notice? I'm just getting back into the hobby,,, but it didn't seem to be quite as popular in the 70's, how long has it been going on?