Photographer Reportedly Killed For Snapping Photo of Guy Without Permission

Visitor slain in Nanakuli a ‘brilliant’ student – The Honolulu Advertiser In what is very sad news, Jason Weems forwarded me this article about a student, Christopher Reuther, who was visiting Hawaii to check out University of Hawaii law school and instead ended up beaten to death for reportedly taking a photograph of a guy without his permission.

A suspect in the case Less Schnabel Jr., has been arrested and was reportedly positively identified in photographic lineup as the person who beat Reuther.

It is terrible that this tragedy has happened but it should serve as a reminder to those of us out there shooting every day to be careful. I’ve gotten into my fair share of scrapes with security guards, cops and others over a photographer’s right to shoot in public, but remember, at the end of the day, as much as we all love photography and have rights to pretty much shoot anything we want in public, this is probably not worth dying for.

Only you can ascertain the danger of any photographic confrontation, but it’s important that we are all aware that there are hotheads out there and in some cases if confronted, backing down might in fact be the smart thing to do.

I don’t know any of the details on the altercation between Schanbel and Reuther other than it was reportedly over the fact that Reuther took a photo of Schnabel without his permission — and now he’s dead.

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3 Comments

  1. Jon says:

    Man, that is shocking news. Major condolences to the friends and family.
    Be careful out there…

  2. Sean says:

    However, we need to be careful of placing any responsibility whatsoever on the photographer.

    Like you said, the details of the confrontation are unknown. But whether he should have backed down or not, the full responsibility of his death rests at this tool Schnabel’s feet.

  3. Allan Herman says:

    It just strengthens my resolve to shoot stock out of the city and away from people.

    My heart felt condolences to his family.ryfuiv