Zineland by Antoine Soubrier: Passion
We aren’t sure Passion will please our families, but we dedicate this first number to them”. It is with these words, hidden behind a white cover, that the first issue of Passion, limited to 300 numbered copies, opens. In itself, such a declaration is interesting; more like forming a rock group in your parent’s basement yesterday, one launches today a pictorial fanzine.
In their twenties, Foucauld Duchange Gildas Durel and Grégoire Dyer made this publication as a receptacle: they asked a dozen photographers to provide the fruits of their passion , pictures generated in a flux of creative energy but refused somewhere else or abandoned for a diversity of reasons.
The most obvious example, Jules Jolly’s series Retarded, the story of an Iphone application proposed by the Apple Store, that superimposed user pictures with the Retarded logo before posting them on the projected blog. The content was deemed offensive, and forbidden by Apple. The first images generated were suddenly homeless, yet saved just in time and published by Passion.
In this small fifty page format (A5), of about 50 pages a previously unreleased series by Lucie & Simon among the students of the Parc Bellevue primary school in Marseille, unauthorized shots by Aurélien Bacquet, steely and agitated nudes of Arnaud Lajeunie and finally, Dylan Calves’ series Grimper; nudes in a forest posing 5 meters above ground on a fallen tree or climbing a stone pyramid, a wild blend featuring grandiose black and whites with the texture of coal.
Passion will soon be releasing its second issue. It promises to feature, like its predecessor, rare pictures of passion.