Beautiful Agony

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Beautiful Agony was conceived by Richard Lawrence and Lauren Olney late in 2003 in response to what they perceived as a vacuum of real erotica on the internet. They wanted to see whether the rest of the world also found "facettes de la petite mort" so sexy.

The erotic website features head shots of user-submitted videos showing the participant having orgasms, without providing any visual description of what technique is being used or revealing anything below the neck and upper chest. Both men and women are featured on the site.

Agony has been dubbed “the sexiest web site you’ll ever see”, and excerpts have been on display all around the world in places like the Museum of Sex (NY, NY), the Hollywood Sex Museum, the family educational Nemo Centre in Amsterdam and the 2011 Photoespana Festival headline exhibition, Face Contact alongside Hans-Peter Feldmann and Mona Hatoum’s work. French composer Jean Michel Jarre composed a tribute to Agony on his 2007 album Téo & Téa, and the site been featured in magazines from Vanity to Fair to Playboy, and the subject of numerous academic theses.

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