Photographer Posts Picture of Himself and Girlfriend Naked, in Sexual Position on Top of Pyramid, Prompts Investigation by Egyptian Authorities [NSFW]

Photographer Posts Picture of Himself and Girlfriend Naked, in Sexual Position on Top of Pyramid, Prompts Investigation by Egyptian Authorities [NSFW]

Danish photographer Andreas Hvid seems to be in hot water after he and his girlfriend scaled an Egyptian pyramid and took video and pictures of themselves naked and in a sexual position. 

Hvid originally posted a three-minute video that showed him and his girlfriend scaling the Great Pyramid of Giza at night, which ends with a photograph of the two of them in a naked embrace. The video has since been taken down, though the full version of the photo seen in the tweet below still remains on Hvid's website

Egyptian authorities have called the stunt a violation of public morality and have oscillated between condemning it and claiming it's fake, though some have said the video appears to be real and claims of it being faked are likely to draw attention away from poor security at the pyramids, which have come under scrutiny for being neglected in the recent past. 

Hvid is known for posting such work from high atop landmarks, sometimes with nudity. He has expressed that he's "sad that so many people have become so angry," but that he also has received positive feedback from some Egyptian citizens. He added that he and his girlfriend did not engage in any actual sexual acts and that he does not plan to return to the country for fear of consequences. 

Lead image by Nina Aldin Thune, used under Creative Commons.

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I think I speak for everyone when I say, why hasn't the next episode of PTW 4 Behind the Scenes been uploaded to YouTube yet?

Alex Cooke's picture

Thanks for making me laugh so hard that I probably won't fall asleep for another hour.

Mikkel Beiter's picture

I really feel ashamed being danish! This has been in the media the last few days. I have a hard time finding any benifits to do such a thing, beside havesting a lot of coverage by the media and SoMe for the person behind.
Quite stupid and unrespectful against the people of Egypt!

Tim Ericsson's picture

Your sexual frustration is palpable. Spend some time with your wife or your hand before posting in the future.

Tim Ericsson's picture

Does your wife know you're into the distraught, emaciated "Migrant Mother" look?

Tim Ericsson's picture

This is so disrespectful

Tim Ericsson's picture

One boy. A responsible number.

Edward Blake's picture

So you're a cuckold? Cool.

Edward Blake's picture

It's just a lens. It just happens to be pin sharp, with typical Zeiss contrast and color characteristics, and typical Zeiss build quality.

Tim Ericsson's picture

I'm gay. You knew that when you called me racist a while back and said I was uncomfortable around black people, until I told I was married to a black man.

Mikkel Beiter's picture

It’s a setup. They are friends, they didn't have sex.

You don't have to make it a national pride/shame thing... It doesn't matter that he's Danish. And the Egyptians are not these innocent people either. Their veil of strict religion is just a coverup for decadence and sexual exploits.

user-156929's picture

That may be true of some Egyptians/Muslims but you can't paint any group of people with such a broad brush.

Simon Patterson's picture

It's idiotic behaviour like this that means we can't have nice things.

I like that photo. It's a strong image. Too bad most people in this world are so stuck up. Let the Egyptian authorities call it a fake.

Simon Patterson's picture

Of course you're entitled to your opinion about the image, however the world is a better place when foreigners show respect for the customs and laws of places they're visiting. And it's a worse place when we arrogantly and flagrantly disrespect the people whose countries we visit, as occurred here.

It's not something I would do, but it's not something I would be upset about, either. I don't think anything is sacred, but I get the respect thing and it's why I wouldn't have done it myself. But nothing got damaged, no one got hurt. Some people got their oppressive culture slightly bruised. They'll live. And I'm not saying that for all Egyptians either by the way. I'm pretty sure a whole lot of them would like more freedom, but can't have it. (And please, don't think what I mean is that anyone should intervene. I just think that some cultures could afford some liberalization.) Overall, I find the outrage kinda funny.

Elan Govan's picture

During a cricket match in Taunton, Somerset, I saw a man taking his clothes off, giving them to his female companion sitting next to him and running across the full length of a cricket field, ie the Somerset County Cricket Ground, to the delight of the cheering spectators.

But try this during a family funeral and see what the reaction is or in front of a cobra snake.

Simon Patterson's picture

Excellent analogy.

Iain Lea's picture

tacky... i hope someone scrubbed the stone.

Michael Rapp's picture

Well, they say "Art" is allowed anything....
However: the artIST isn't.
Buying a camera/ brush/ hammer and chisel and calling yourself an artist does not in fact place you outside the law.

Stupid assholes!

nice photo even fake.

Sean Sauer's picture

Stupid acts like this is what gets museums and other historical sites to ban photography for everyone. Millions can go and obey the rules and then a couple of morons break the rules and they ruin it for everyone. No saying it will happen in this case but it very well could.

In short: stupid acts cause stupid acts.

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