Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan on November 5, 2019, attended Prince Hussain’s photographic exhibition entitled The Living Sea at Lisbon’s National Museum of Natural History and Science. The exhibition which continues until December 29, 2019, was inaugurated by Prince Hussain on September 27, 2019. Prince Hussain is Mawlana Hazar Imam’s third child, after Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim, and has a younger brother Prince Aly Muhammad.
Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied to The Living Sea by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Earlier in the day, Prince Hussain conducted a tour of the exhibition for secondary students from the Lisbon Ismaili community’s Talim (religious education) classes.
When the exhibition opened in September, Cristina Brazio, of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “The pictures are magnificent and they speak to our concerns these days about the ocean, about the environment. Prince Hussain Aga Khan does a good job of raising awareness of these issues, and we all have a small part to play.”
Prince Hussain brought attention to the necessity and urgency to protect, conserve, and manage our oceanic heritage and resources. He also spoke of the subject matter of the exhibition, saying, “What you see in the show represents nothing but frozen time. Incredible, fantastically joyous moments and encounters with miraculous creatures; some horrifically rare, and some more mischievous, playful, and intelligent than you could imagine.”
The Living Sea with more than 100 photos is a collaborative effort between the Museum and Prince Hussain’s organization Focused on Nature, which he founded in 2014 to share his passion and personal mission of conservation, and to raise awareness and encourage actionable initiatives on global issues negatively impacting the environment.
Prince Hussain has been an avid tropical fish hobbyist since the age of 5 and a reptile and amphibian enthusiast since he was about 14. At 14, he started scuba diving, which further developed his keen interest in nature conservation. He started travelling to the tropics frequently after secondary school and began taking photographs of fauna and flora on a trip to the Brazilian Amazon in 1996. Since then, his photographs have been featured in multiple exhibitions in the USA, France, Switzerland, and Kenya. They have also been published in two books, Animal Voyage in 2004 (a new edition was printed in 2007) and Diving into Wildlife in 2015.
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Date posted: November 7, 2019.
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