THE GUYS WITH THE SAME NAME is the stage name of two Dutch photographers named Hans Toonen and Hans Wientjens. Their work is a masterclass of femininity and erotica, combined with a touch of humour and a deeper artistic layer. In the art of The Guys With The Same Name women are portrayed as sexy, chic and strong, with a playful wink to fashion photography. Their many years of collaboration and distinctive creativity have resulted in attractive photos with a beautiful lighting and a great representation of the Avant Garde style. Historically The Guys With The Same Name specifically had their breakthrough with commercial photography. Throughout a long career their commercial work has appeared in well-known global publications such as Playboy, FHM and Maxim.
In recent years, the duo have chosen to follow their hearts and have focused on art photography. A logical sequel, with emphasis still on glamour, eroticism and capturing feminine beauty. But the basic principle is that the work should stand out due to their unique ideas, creative and technical talent coming together. The work of Hans and Hans is reminiscent of the colourful and clear images from magazines. Their long lasting experience within the commercial photographic industry is therefore clearly visible in their art photography. In each photo you will find surprising and playful elements in the form of special props or an unusual setting, with a tongue-in-cheek slant, even provocative at times, of the artists to the fashion industry and contemporary society. The Guys themselves describe their styles as 'After Pop Art'. The work of The Guys With The Same Name is now hanging on the walls of various collectors all over the world.