Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:55 am Post subject: PRINCE HUSSAIN AGAKHAN
Sideline: Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s “Animal Voyage” Embraces the Living World
“I encourage everyone to travel and visit the forest, for they are amazing…there will be fewer and fewer in the future. That’s what I say to myself when I take every photograph….In my photographs, I let the animals and trees speak for themselves and hope other people will see the beauty I see.”
Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s interest in photography was evident in the video clippings that were shown of his visit to Edmonton, Alberta, where his father, Prince Karim Aga Khan, received an Honorary Degree from the University of Alberta on June 9th, 2009. The Prince carries a camera wherever he goes and will seize opportune moments for using it.
Prince Hussain Aga Khan's "Animal Voyage" , published in 2008. Images in this volume "resemble the beginnings of the dreams one has when travelling." Copyright. Hussain Aga Khan
In 2008, he produced “Animal Voyage”, a 128 page volume containing a collection of some of the many thousands of photographs that he has taken between 1996 and 2007. An earlier edition of the book was published in 2004 (Note: The 2008 editon will be sold though this website in the near future, details week of June 22, 2009).
Prince Hussain’s interest in photography took off from his trip to the Brazilian Amazon in 1996. While he has taken thousands of photos of ecological subjects, wildlife remains his most significant passion, and photography his main hobby.
In 2004, the Prince showed a collection of some 60 of his photographs in an exhibit called “An Exhibit on Deforestation “, at the Luchsinger Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut. The exhibition contained photographs of ecological subjects from his excursions to rainforests and reefs near Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela, Egypt, Madagascar, the Maldives, Indonesia and Malaysia.
His goal was to inspire each visitor to appreciate the unique and fragile beauty in a world of coral reefs and rainforests. When he spoke to students from the Greenwich Academy and Brunswick at a joint Upper School Assembly, Prince Hussain said:
“In my photographs, I let the animals and trees speak for themselves and hope other people will see the beauty I see. I encourage everyone to travel and to visit the forests, for they are amazing. The sooner you visit, the more likely you are to see a broad variety of different plants and animals. There will be fewer and fewer in the future. That’s what I say to myself when I take every photograph.”
About his interest in photography, the Prince notes:
“I love photographing animals most of all, though I take many landscapes and, occasionally, cities and people….I’m privileged to have seen what I’ve been able to see….sunsets, waterfalls, crocodiles, monkeys, elephants, and lizards….to be there at the precise moment an animal climbs a tree or dives into the water. The first flap of the wings as a bird takes flight.”
For Prince Hussain, each photograph that he takes is an appeal to the tendeness of the wilderness that guides his sensitivity, his desire to be one with nature. The animals, whom he loves so much to photograph, return his gaze as if they know they are watching his love for their world.
Acknowledgement: The photos have been made available for publication with the kind courtesy of the publisher, Editions d L’Ceil, France. All images are copyright.
A Note to Our Readers:
Animal Voyage, 2008 edition, by Prince Hussain Aga Khan will be available for purchase directly from Simerg. Please visit this page again week of June 22, 2009 for further details.
In this superb collection, the images resemble the beginnings of the dreams one has when travelling: flying over continents, diving through gaps in the light, nestling against fur or scales, being swallowed up by a gigantic waterfall, reborn as a flower, as a fire, as a girl sleeping beside an ancient pool, as a pelican, as a kitten with the face of a sulky little boy.
"In my photographs, I let the animals and trees speak for themselves
and hope other people see what I see." - Hussain Aga Khan
An avid photographer and environmentalist since he was twelve years old, Hussain Aga Khan is working to share his concern and passion for the environment. His images of nature portray the urgent need for more research and actionable initiatives on global issues of biodiversity, deforestation, global warming, pollution and eco-tourism.
Focused on Nature
Friday, July 3rd to August 8th, 2009
The F.U.E.L Collection
249 Arch Street Philadelphia PA 19106
Special thanks to:
Robert Morrison, Antonin Potoski, Patrick Codomier, Nazir Sunderji
And on the Last Day, Plant a Tree: Photography Exhibition by Prince Hussain Aga Khan
September 25, 2009 : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
September 25 to October 23, 2009
The photography exhibition introduces visitors to the activities of the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment, the environmental program of the Aga Khan Development Network. Prince Hussain Aga Khan’s photographs bring to audiences vibrant, lively images of nature and animals, drawing focus to the subject rather than the picture’s angle or style. His photographs portray the urgent need for environmental stewardship, challenging viewers to pursue global initiatives on biodiversity, deforestation, global warming, pollution and eco-tourism.
The title of the exhibition, "And on the Last Day Plant a Tree," is inspired by a passage from the Hadiths, or traditions, in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “When the last day comes, if someone has a palm shoot in his hand, he should plant it.” Environmental stewardship has been an inherent belief in Muslim societies for centuries, and Prince Hussain’s exhibit shares this consciousness with audiences.
An avid photographer and environmentalist, Prince Hussain is committed to sharing his concern for protecting the environment. At an early age, Prince Hussain Aga Khan was inspired by the conservation work that his uncle, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, pursued during his lifetime through the Bellerive Foundation. Today, his uncle’s legacy lives on in the work of the Aga Khan Fund for the Environment and the convictions fueling Prince Hussain’s photography.
Photographs will be available for purchase at the exhibit. Proceeds from exhibition sales are donated to the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment. With projects primarily in poor areas of Asia and Africa, the Fund works to protect fragile ecosystems while addressing broad development issues, assisting communities to use natural resources in a sustainable, responsible manner.
To accomplish these complex goals, the Fund works in concert with other agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network, such as the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, the Aga Khan Education Services, the Aga Khan Health Services, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Tourism Promotion Services of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development.
The Fund’s activities highlight the connections between poverty and the penury of natural resources. For example, land reclamation in despoiled or arid areas in Africa and Asia is a part of programs to raise incomes and manage natural resources. The creation of the 30-hectare Azhar Park on a former rubble dump in the heart of Historic Cairo is also a catalyst for social and urban revitalization in the neighboring Darb al-Ahmar district. All of the Fund’s projects address existing or emerging issues in the developing world with environmentally friendly solutions.
Prince Hussein a speaker at the third annual Governors' Global Climate summit at the University of California
"Among the many speakers and participants at the Governors’ Global Climate are: British Prime Minister David Cameron; the Prince of Wales; Nobel laureate and climate change expert Rajendra Pachauri, who heads the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; actor Harrison Ford; author and physician Deepak Chopra; Prince Hussein Aga Khan; Chair Nancy Sutley, White House Council on Environmental Quality; and former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, who served in the Reagan administration."
Prince Hussain Aga Khan signed the Charter for Regions of Climate Action (R20 Charter) on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network at the Governors' Global Climate Summit 3, held at the University of California at Davis on November 16, 2010.Prince Hussain Aga Khan signed the Charter for Regions of Climate Action (R20 Charter) on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network at the Governors' Global Climate Summit 3, held at the University of California at Davis on November 16, 2010.
Photo: AKDN / Farhez RayaniDavis, California, November 17, 2010 - The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has joined regional, state and provincial leaders and representatives of non-governmental organizations in a new sub-national effort to break the current climate negotiation impasse.
Prince Hussain Aga Khan, son of His Highness the Aga Khan, signed the Charter for Regions of Climate Action (R20 Charter) yesterday, on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network. The mission of the R20 – a new global organization – will be to develop and implement low-carbon and climate resilient projects through cooperation among subnational governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations and educational institutions from around the world.
The signing took place at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3, held at the University of California at Davis. 1,500 participants from more than 80 states, provinces and countries, including key representatives from the AKDN attended the event. The Summit is one of the largest gatherings of regional leaders from around the world focused on climate solutions. In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Environment Programme and co-sponsored by UC Davis, the Summit was co-hosted by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. Distinguished speakers included George P. Schultz, former US Secretary of State; Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Nobel laureate, climate change expert and Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Deepak Chopra, author and physician; British Prime Minister David Cameron via satellite; and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales via video message.
During its first year, the R20 will facilitate public-private partnerships, share best practices, accelerate the development of green innovations, and begin implementing clean energy demonstration projects. Within five years, the R20 aims to have at least 20 subnational governments enact comprehensive low-carbon policies and implement projects, using successful models from progressive subnational leaders as a guide.
Through these efforts, the R20 will expand the global green economy, create new green jobs and build commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Demonstration projects will further show that 75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions reductions, needed by 2020 to limit the increase in world average temperature to 2°C, can be achieved at no net cost and that many projects will generate new economic benefits.
Prince Hussain Aga Khan with leaders of states, provinces, NGOs, corporations and educational institutions at the signing of the R20 Charter. Prince Hussain Aga Khan with leaders of states, provinces, NGOs, corporations and educational institutions at the signing of the R20 Charter.
Photo: AKDN / Farhez RayaniAKDN is a major sponsor of the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3 and also sponsored the two previous Summits. This year’s summit continued to expand the network of subnational collaboration to share policies and strategies on how to grow the green economy, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, create green jobs, promote clean energy solutions and curb greenhouse gas pollution.
David Boyer, Senior Director of the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment addressed the plenary stating “Poor and marginalized communities are on the front lines of climate change. … But any attempt to address climate resilience must take into account a complete picture of how local communities live in their environments. … His Highness the Aga Khan has a vision for holistic multi-input area development. This approach brings together the economic, environmental, social and cultural agencies of the Network not only to create jobs and improve opportunities for people in impoverished regions, but to strengthen the communities' resilience to climate change.” A film screened at the plenary, entitled “AKDN: Building Resilient Communities,” illustrated AKDN's ongoing work to strengthen community resilience in a variety of sectors, including community-managed hydro electric power, energy-efficient household products in Pakistan and green spaces in Cairo, Egypt and Bamako, Mali.
AKDN has been working on an integrated approach to sustainable development for over four decades, to raise incomes, promote quality education and healthcare, improve the quality of life and expand opportunities for individuals and communities in Africa and Asia. The rationale for integrating environmental and ecological concerns into development activities arises from AKDN’s experience which demonstrates that economic, social and cultural factors all affect environmental issues. Solutions to environmental problems cannot be implemented in isolation from the problems of human habitats. All of the environment-related activities undertaken by the AKDN are therefore integrated into other development activities such as healthcare, education, cultural revitalization and economic development.
Partnerships formed at the Summit will help expand opportunities among states and provinces that complement existing efforts to further explore specific mitigation and adaption strategies. For more information visit the GGCS3 website.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) (www.akdn.org) was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims. It is a group of private, non-denominational development agencies working to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. The Network’s nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion. The AKDN’s underlying ethic is compassion for the vulnerable in society. Its annual budget for philanthropic activity is in excess of US$500 million.
The AKDN’s Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment is dedicated to practical solutions to environmental problems. Its major programs focus on the link between the scarcity of natural resources and poverty in the developing world; the preservation of fragile mountain ecosystems; animal protection; and initiatives in environmental education. The Fund will concentrate its activities in six main areas: environmental education; natural resource management in fragile zones; nature parks and wildlife reserves; environmentally and culturally appropriate tourism infrastructure; environmental health; and research.
For more information, contact:
Communications and Public Affairs Officer
Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A.
1825 K Street, NW #901
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 203-0838
E-mail: email@example.com www.akdn.org
Aga Khan Council for USA
Phone: (206) 910-9601
Prince Hussain Aga Khan to pay visit to Tajikistan soon
DUSHANBE, May 28, 2011, Asia-Plus -- Prince Hussain Aga Khan, second son of His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Isamili Muslims, will pay a visit to Tajikistan from June 2 to June 5, according to the Tajik MFA information department.
Prince Hussain, 37, attended Deerfield Academy and subsequently Williams College (USA), from which he graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Since then, Prince Hussain has been based in France and working with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Following completion of a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where his main area of study was Economic and Political Development wit a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa, Prince Hussain assumed additional responsibility at the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) for conceptualization of programs on environmental issues.
Speech by Prince Hussain Aga Khan at the Launch of Lions Clubs International-AKDN Tree Planting Initiative in Nairobi City Park
19 October 2011
Please also see: Press Release, Photographs
Deforestation is one of the great challenges of our times. Scientists estimate about half of all the forests that once covered the Earth are gone. The United Nations Environment Programme tells us that 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed around the globe every year. At that rate a forest the size of Kenya would be cut in less than six years. A forest the size of Uganda – three…
This year is the UN International Year of Forests. It should remind us of the importance of forests in our lives.
Prince Hussain co-honoured at the banquet hosted by Lions Club of Kenya
Kenya calls for more efforts on
Lions Club of Kenya HOST banquet in honor of
Dr. Wing-Kun Tam, International President of
the Lions Clubs and Prince Hussein Aga Khan
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has called for concerted efforts in environmental rehabilitation and conservation to mitigate against global warming and adverse effects of climate change.
Musyoka also emphasized the need to intensify research aimed at ensuring the right tree species are planted in their suitable ecosystem and climatic zones.
"Kenya has one of the greatest rates of deforestation in Africa, with severe effects being felt in recent years.
Visit Mt. Kenya one of the country’s water towers and you won’t believe it," he noted on Wednesday evening in Nairobi, during celebration banquet hosted by the Lions Club of Kenya in honor of Dr. Wing-Kun Tam, International President of the Lions Clubs and Prince Hussein Aga Khan who are visiting Kenya.
Musyoka commended the Lions Club international and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for signing MOU committing the two organizations to plant 1.5 million trees in Kenya by June 2012.
He said the initiative is a step towards the right direction advocated by the late Nobel Laureate and environmentalist, Professor Wangari Maathai, through the contribution she made in addressing environmental degradation and poverty.
"The work of Green Belt Movement and of this great icon whose demise should embolden each one of us to continue with her good work and intent," VP added.
Musyoka noted that besides rehabilitation of the environment, planting of trees, he said, would provide livelihood option for many Kenyans, particularly in rural areas.
The Vice President added that trees enrich soil and conserve water besides providing Kenyans with income, food and medicines.
Musyoka said the government is committed to setting up reforestation programs through the Kenya Forests Service, adding that the Aga Khan Foundation and the Lions Clubs could assist in mapping of tree species for Kenya’s diverse climatic zones.
The VP also expressed government’s appreciation for the services rendered by the two organizations in environmental conservation, healthcare, disaster management, humanitarian assistance and education.
The Vice President said the work of the two organizations have served in empowering communities to attain quality living standards thus making a difference to millions of people.
"The government recognizes the importance of AKDN and Lions and their tremendous contribution to overall development in the country," Musyoka said.
Dr. Tam assured that Lions club International will continue to work closely with Governments and other Non-governmental agencies in social development spheres and ensure improved living standards in the society.
The Lions President said the organization attaches great importance to environmental conservation and it targets to plant about 3.5 million trees worldwide in the next four months.
Prince Aga Khan said over one million people benefit directly and indirectly with the work undertaken by the AKDN in the country.
He expressed confidence that partnership between Lion Clubs and AKDN will continue to be strengthening to benefit even more people particularly the less fortunate in the society.
DUSHANBE, July 2, 2012, Asia-Plus -- Prince Hussain Aga Khan, son of His Highness the Aga Khan, is scheduled to arrive in Dushanbe today, press release issued by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Tajikistan said.
During his three-day visit, Prince Hussain will review the progress of current and planned activities of the Aga Khan Development Network in the country.
Prince Hussain is involved in projects and initiatives related to culture and the environment.
Founded and guided by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Aga Khan Development Network brings together a number of development agencies, institutions, and programs that work to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. The Network’s nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion. AKDN’s underlying ethic is compassion for the vulnerable in society.
AKDN agencies work in Tajikistan in a range of areas—from economic development to education, rural development to cultural revitalization, health care to financial services. Operating in the country since 1992, AKDN draws on a strong base of experience in working with mountain societies. The Network is present in all regions of Tajikistan and employs approximately 3,500 people through its operations and investments, including the PamirEnergy company, Tcell Telecommunications, and the First MicroFinanceBank.
Prince Hussain Aga Khan is a professional underwater photographer, author, and founder of Focused on Nature Association, through which the distribution and sale of his photos contributes to the financing of organizations active in the protection of fragile ecosystems and endangered species. On Saturday, November 7, 2015 Prince Hussain Aga Khan was at BLUE to sign copies of his latest book Diving into the Wildlife, a collection of the underwater world with photographs of the Maldives, Vava’u (tonga), Malaysia, Bahamas, Mexico and Staya (Egypt).
“From the first Costeau film I saw and the fish I started keeping at the age of five, the first octopus and cuttlefish that squirted ink at me….I knew I couldn’t, wouldn’t stop exploring the sea” — Prince Hussain Aga Khan, from foreword to the book Diving Into Wildlife.
“The work of Hussain Aga Khan is visual poetry created in the sea that seduces the viewer to discover her mysteries and leads people to care. And when people care, change becomes possible” — Brian Skerry
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