PQ, also known as Photography Quarterly and originally published as Center Quarterly, was the brainchild of CPW’s founders, Michael Feinberg and Howard Greenberg in 1979. Initially conceived as a black-and-white foldout brochure and a way to broaden CPW’s efforts to champion photography as a fine art form beyond the borders of Woodstock, NY, the publication blossomed into a 60-page full color publication with an international readership including numerous public and private institutions.
For over three decades it brought forth innovative ideas and imagery through essays, interviews, portfolios, and served as source of discovery for new voices in contemporary photography. The artists represented on the publication’s covers additionally reflect not only photography’s icons but also the deep wealth of talented image makers that have made the Hudson Valley and its surroundings their home.
Over the course of its history, PQ was under the stewardship of three primary editors. Kathleen Kenyon served the longest term from 1982 to 2003. During her tenure, PQ reached new heights of excellence by serving as a platform for expanded dialogues centered around CPW exhibitions, engaging not only photography but film, video, and photo-based installation art. Important issues of the time that were addressed included explorations of race, gender, sexual identity, cultural politics, and artists from under-recognized regions and communities. In addition PQ began to present artist portfolios and featured issues dedicated to the promotion of collecting of contemporary photography through collector interviews and by highlighting CPW’s annual benefit auction. Most recently, PQ was under the editorial leadership of CPW’s executive director, Ariel Shanberg, who oversaw the publication from 2003 through 2010. Highlights under Shanberg’s editorship included the publication’s growth from 32-pages to 60-pages and transitioning from black-and-white to full color. In 2008, PQ received a stunning design overhaul by the design firm, de.MO under the supervision of Giorgio Baravalle.
As an independent publication, the strength of PQ was always the rich diversity of voices expressed in its pages. Guest editors, essayists, interviewers and contributors to PQ ensured that the dialogue on and through photography serves to forward the medium and the ideas explored through it forward in ways that mainstream photography publications, often beholden to advertisers and profit margins, cannot be. The impressive roster of contributors include the likes of Julia Ballerini, Nancy Barr, Malin Barth, Robert Blake, A.D. Coleman, Elizabeth Ferrer, Stephen Frailey, Lia Gangitano, Ellen Handy, W.M. Hunt, Ellen K. Levy, Carlo McCormick, Robert C. Morgan, Sandra S. Phillips, Fred Ritchin, Miriam Romais, David Levi Strauss, Leslie Tonkonow, David Travis, Marilyn Waligore and Joseph Wolin, among many others.
Other ongoing features of the publication included “Photography Now,” an annual juried competition which identified some of the most exciting emerging voices in the field as selected by leading curators, editors and gallerists such as Jen Bekman, Julian Cox, Dana Faconti and Kathy Ryan. Starting in 1999, CPW introduced readers to its most recent artists-in-residence through portfolio features. Additionally PQ featured book reviews identify noteworthy monographs and critical texts.
The last issue of PQ was published in 2010.