|A graphic of film sales|
over the past ~15 yrs
Large format film still beats semiconductor pixel based sensing for beauty and subtlety. However, it's expensive and requires a lot of skill use the film medium effectively. Digital post-processing of film captured images is, of course, a loss of purity but is in-effect used when these films are printed on large format digital printers using laser scanning and laser-based paper exposure. The film is scanned, digitized and then laser printed onto fancy color paper. For black and white, a clean traditional "analog" print is still possible. But even for B/W there are benefits to HQ digital printing over dark-room methods. Basically, darkroom skills are in short supply and photoshop software is very powerful.