Durban born, self-taught photographer Aart Verrips began his career as a pastry chef student in France. Captivated by the allure of fashion photography, Aart has been busy building his professional career behind the lens. At just 23 years of age, Aart has gained recognition for his daring and provocative style, and stripped-back aesthetic. He has collaborated with many fashion designers to conceptualise and shoot lookbooks, most notably Rich Mnisi’s SS17 menswear collection which was published in Vogue Italia. His editorial work has been published in GQ, Marie Claire, Vogue, Men’s Health, Woman’s Health, Client, and Yearbook Fanzine. Aart’s debut solo exhibition questioning masculine beauty standards and our chase for perfection will show at Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg, in February 2017.