Prince Hussain’s photo exhibit highlights the beauty of the living sea
In Lisbon last month, Prince Hussain inaugurated his photo exhibition entitled The Living Sea at Portugal’s National Museum of Natural History and Science. Prince Hussain was joined by Ms Elizabeth Hoag (now Princess Fareen), Prince Amyn, Prince Rahim, and Princess Salwa.
The exhibition features over 100 photos depicting the beauty, fragility, and diversity of marine life, reflecting Prince Hussain’s ecological and environmental concerns. It represents a collaboration between the Museum, the University of Lisbon, and Focused on Nature, an organisation created by Prince Hussain 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.
Director of the Museum of Natural History and Science, Marta Lourenço, welcomed guests to the exhibition, saying that, “Raising awareness of citizens towards nature and science in a broad historical, social, and cultural context is our core business.” Representatives of government, academia, and civil society were in attendance to witness the opening of the exhibition, which will run until December 2019.
In his speech at the event, 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.”
“As a wildlife photographer, one wonders which of our subjects will remain in twenty years time, ten years, or five,” he said.
Commenting on the photographs on display, President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal, Rahim Firozali remarked, “The exhibition shows the amazing work of Prince Hussain over several years, portraying his passion for wildlife and marine life, and it shows the beauty and the creatures of the sea.” He went on to suggest that humanity should leave this beauty in place for the next generation.
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.”
Since a young age, Prince Hussain has been interested in marine life, and began SCUBA diving at the age of 14, which further developed his keen interest in nature conservation. His photographs have been featured in multiple exhibitions in the USA, France, Switzerland, and Kenya.
Prince Hussain’s photographs have been published in two books, Animal Voyage in 2004 (a new edition was printed in 2007) and Diving into Wildlife in 2015. Prince Hussain's recent photographs have also featured in several National Geographic Blogs. For more information on The Living Sea exhbition, visit the Focused On Nature website.
Video: Inauguration of The Living Sea photo exhibition
The Living Sea exhibition features over 100 photographs depicting the beauty, fragility, and diversity of marine life, reflecting Prince Hussain’s ecological and environmental concerns. It represents a collaboration between Portugal’s National Museum of Natural History and Science, the University of Lisbon, and Focused on Nature; an organisation created by Prince Hussain 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.
2020, September 19: IE University: Committed conservationist Prince Hussain Aga Khan presents his photographic exploration of the world underwater in his exhibition The Living Sea, which is part of the visual arts programme during the festival and can be visited at San Juan de los Caballeros. The extraordinary collection acts as a point of departure to raise social awareness of the sublime beauty, complexity and fragility of life in the oceans. The eloquent narrative of the images inspires dialogue on the global impact oceans have on science, the overarching environment and contemporary society. He will speak with Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici – author of historical novels and thrillers who has taken part in several television programmes about his distinguished family – about the motivation behind the exhibition, how it came about and his association, Focused on Nature.
Aga Khan finances mass test research also in Robbio; history
robbioA mass test in Robbio, especially on volunteer rescuers, to study the spread of the virus.A study by the University of Milan Bicocca and with an excellent funder. Prince Hussain, of the Aga Khan dynasty. "He donated the funds to us, he wants to help research especially to prevent contagion among medical personnel - explains virologist Francesco Broccolo, head of the research to be conducted by the Milanese university -. Robbio will be part of this research, there are many volunteers who have potentially come into contact with the virus. But we will also do analyzes on people from Milan. ”Broccolo is finishing the protocol for the mass test financed by Prince Hussain, 46, born and resident in Switzerland.
In the accompanying letter it is explained that the study of the Bicocca University wants to understand how to best prevent the infection among health workers. "I was told that the prince met Robbio also seeing the serological tests, which ended up on the organs of information from around the world in April. Furthermore, the prince has always seen the heavy situation that involved the doctors of Milan and Lombardy in recent months and so he wanted to make his contribution to the research - explains the mayor Roberto Francese -. The credit for everything goes to Professor Broccolo who is making this possible. The details of how the checks will take place will be announced shortly when the university mass test protocol is ready ". intent in English it is explained that Robbio was also chosen "for having been among the first centers to have mass tracking with serological in recent months". --S.BAr.
New films by Prince Hussain to air on World Environment Day
The film 7 Seas is shot in Sataya Reef, along Egypt’s Red Sea coast, where Prince Hussain spent time swimming with and photographing spinner dolphins, against a backdrop of crystal clear waters.
To coincide with World Environment Day, The Ismaili is pleased to present two short films produced by Prince Hussain, demonstrating the natural beauty of the oceans and the delicate ecosystems they support.
We know that climate change is affecting life across our seven continents, but might sometimes forget about the seas and oceans that cover over 70 per cent of our planet. Through his organisation, Focused on Nature, Prince Hussain is hoping to change that.
Prince Hussain has brought attention to the plight of our world before through his books, and as seen in his recent photo exhibitions The Living Sea and Fragile Beauty, his attention is currently focussed on our oceans.
In the film Beacons of Hope, which he co-produced with Simone Piccoli, the focus is on bottlenose dolphins, clarion angelfish, manta rays that can grow as wide as seven metres, whales swimming with their young, and four species of sharks.
Prince Hussain appears in the film in a series of interviews that highlight the interaction between ecosystems and species found in the waters off the Revillagigedo Islands in Mexico. He speaks about his encounters with a variety of sea creatures there — sharks in particular — and refers to Fins Attached, one of the charities he helps fund. “We need to do everything we can to save sharks,” he said, speaking of the 100 million sharks that are killed by human activities every year.
His other film, entitled 7 Seas Episode 1 — Egypt, is shot in Sataya Reef, along Egypt’s Red Sea coast, where Prince Hussain spent time swimming with and photographing spinner dolphins, against a backdrop of crystal clear waters.
“Our oceans are teeming with stunning, playful, and intelligent wildlife, but a great many species are sadly at risk of extinction,” said Prince Hussain.
“These films aim to offer a glimpse into the underwater ecosystem and raise awareness of the threats it currently faces. Through caring for our planet as a whole, I hope we can preserve the beauty, biodiversity and health of our oceans for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.”
As with his exhibitions and books, both films explore our relationship with nature and increase understanding of the underwater world. Through his work, Prince Hussain illuminates and advocates for what is often called the last great unexplored frontier: our oceans.
The films Beacons of Hope and 7 Seas will premiere on The Ismaili TV http://tv.ismaili/ on World Environment Day, 5 June, at the following times: 4 am, 10 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm (London); 7 am, 1 pm, 6 pm, and 10 pm (Dubai); 5 am, 10 am, 2 pm, and 7:30 pm (Toronto).
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