Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks's PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.
When an affordable 8 mm camera came onto the market in the 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola predicted, “one day, some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart.” Little did he know that with the advent of inexpensive digital cameras, social networking sites, and blogs, that little fat girl from Ohio would turn out to be a puckish Korean gentleman named Hanuk.
Hanuk –- though please feel free to call him by his American name, Hank Williams -– started taking black and white photographs while he was a student at Parsons Paris. Several years later, Hanuk bought his first point-and-click digital camera, which he began using to document his nighttime excursions on the streets of New York. With the Mac.com revolution came Hanuk’s self-made website. Soon, his friends started checking this online visual journal to see where they’d been and who they’d drunkenly accosted/flirted with/insulted/wept-on-the-shoulder-of the night before.
Hanuk and his Leica D-Lux 4 have become a regular fixture on the Manhattan party circuit. Armed with an ebullient personality and a charmingly befuddled English syntax (think one part Jean Pigozzi, one part Mr. Yunioshi from Breakfast at Tiffany’s), he has managed to capture the usually paparazzophobic Paul McCartney, Kristen Dunst, and Hilary Swank in his signature candid shot –- the Kiss. But it wasn’t until Facebook introduced its photo-tagging feature that the machers of the fashion world began to take note. As Hanuk explained, “random people would come up to me at parties and say, ‘your pictures are hilarious!’”
Those random people include PAPER’s own Peter Davis, who compared Hanuk to Andy Warhol, and Spencer Morgan, who wrote about this ebullient (read: three-martinis-into-the-evening) lens-man back in March. Hanuk’s shot for the likes of Style.com, Interview Magazine, and Matthew Edelstein’s Contributing Editor, but half the fun of this lean, mean Korean photographic machine is hearing his wry observations on Spam, kittens, Chinese food – sometimes, the intersection of all three.
Now, Hanuk’s started his own blog, www.hanukhanuk.com. Come Fashion Week, the site’s sure to be a veritable who’s-who and who’s-been-kissed. Be sure to refresh your web-browser regularly. You’ll love him like a fat girl loves cinematography.
Pictured: Hanuk’s signature shot: the kiss