Prince Hussain, His Highness the Aga Khan and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at The Living Sea exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon.
Prince Hussain with his father, His Highness the Aga Khan, and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on November 5, 2019 at The Living Sea photo exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon. Photo: The Ismaili / Jorge Simão.

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.

Prince Hussain, His Highness the Aga Khan and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa pictured on November 6, 2019 at The Living Sea photo exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon.
Prince Hussain presents a photograph to His Highness the Aga Khan and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on November 5, 2019 at The Living Sea photo exhibition in Lisbon. Photo: The Ismaili / Jorge Simão.

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.

Prince Hussain poses for a group photograph with secondary students from the Lisbon Jamat’s Talim (religious education) classes, at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon. 
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Prince Hussain poses for a group photograph on November 5, 2019 with secondary students from the Lisbon Jamat’s Talim (religious education) classes, at the National Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon. Photo: The Ismaili / José Fernandes.

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 addresses guests at the inauguration of his The Living Sea photo exhibition in Lisbon.
Prince Hussain addresses guests on September 27, 2019 at the inauguration of his The Living Sea photo exhibition in Lisbon. Photo: AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino.

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.”

Prince Hussain, Marta Lorenço, Director of Portugal’s National Museum of Natural History and Science, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Living Sea, Barakah
Prince Hussain Aga Khan presents a photo of dolphins to Marta Lorenço, Director of Portugal’s National Museum of Natural History and Science, at the inauguration of The Living Sea on September 27, 2019, as Prince Amyn Aga Khan and guests look on. Photo: AKDN / Luis Filipe Catarino.

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.

Hussain Aga Khan Madagascar
Prince Hussain Aga Khan in Madagascar, 1997. Photo © Julian Cook.

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.

Hussain Aga Khan Diving into Wildlife Barakah simerg
Cover page of the ‘Highlights Special Edition’ of Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s photo book Diving Into Wildlife. Featured photo at top of post shows Prince Hussain showing the same photo as on cover page to His Highness the Aga Khan at The Living Sea exhibition in Lisbon. Signed and unsigned copies of this beautiful book may be purchased in North America through Barakah’s sister blog, Simerg. See link below.

Barakah’s sister website, Simerg, is delighted to offer for sale in North America both signed and unsigned copies of Diving into Wildlife.

Date posted: November 7, 2019.

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