Rafal, read the article by Jon Goodman at this URL: http://www.photogravure.com/resources/texts.html
Imagine someone spending years just to make a few good prints, or even with a developed technique took months just to make the plates for four prints - all for the beauty of the print. The finishing statement is just so profound:
"The question is not about difficulty, but about beauty. For me ink and paper carry an aura and allure that transcend all of the difficulties and frustrations of the journey".
We have it easy making silver gelatin prints these days, perhaps too easy?