I have seen exhibits in art museums in which a modern photographer has developed his images using this technique. Recently, a soldier stationed in Afghanistan has started using it as well, creating a new interpretation of modern warfare. The images are startling in their intensity. Drawing the viewers’ attention to the unique highlights and shadows of the image; adding a sense of authority to the subject matter as well.
I am pleased to see this technique still being considered as a legitimate art form and method of photography.
Check it out: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/photographer-soldier-used-civil-war-era-technique-to-document-troops-in-afghanistan-slideshow/