The advent of inkjet pigment printing has opened the doors for a much wider selection of surfaces than was ever possible with analog darkroom printing.
In general, photography can be printed on any of our surfaces, including our many matte papers. However, there have been advances in coated papers to maximize detail, contrast, and DMax, while paying respect to the history and quality of darkroom prints. Due to this, we tend to categorize our photo papers as these coated papers, ranging from luster to high gloss.
Historically, for analog color darkroom prints, papers had to be encased in polyethylene (plastic) to survive the strong chemical process. Black and white papers had more options, including alpha cellulose in fiber papers. However, the thicker the paper, the longer the washing time and the harder it was to flatten.