Quote Originally Posted by Poco
I think the idea of pushing the contrast in the printing stage is due to the finer grain that comes from "underdeveloping" the negative -- something that is more important in 35mm than larger formats (assuming fine grain is the goal). I've seen lots of recommendations for "thin" 35mm negatives on the web, but none in books. It's probably one of those informal rules of thumb that used to pass between photographers verbally and now does so on the web.
Back in the old "Camera 35" days, there was a monthly columnist, Mike Edelman, I believe, who claimed his 35mm portraiture work would rival that of 4x5. His technique, and the first place I ever read it, was the minimally exposed and developed negative printed on grade 3 paper.

I recall how much I looked forward to reading his column every issue...