A while ago I culled comments about a similar concern:
http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/2...s-palette.html

I was working under a descriptive rather than appreciative perspective, so it would apply both to the fabled "3D-looking photos" but also to the flat, low-contrast, but utterly engaging photos of a persuasion distinct from the typical Straight/f64/Adams/etc school of photographic aesthetics.

I assume that's the kind of works you refer to when you speak of "quality" ; my modest contribution here will be simply to point out that the quality of a print is not a universal given, but rather contingent to a particular way of working, an artistic practice.