The Ismaili Centre, London

Photographs by Prince Hussain Aga Khan

The Living Sea – Fragile Beauty, an exhibition featuring the work of Prince Hussain Aga Khan, celebrates the beauty and magic of the ocean, testifying to some of the most enthralling and surprising encounters the photographer has experienced under the surface.
The Seas of my Youth, a speech given by Prince Hussain at the Natural History Museum in London (NHM), followed by a conversation with Senior Mammal Curator, Richard Sabin, will be live streamed by the NHM on 13 September, and replayed in this exhibition from 14 September.



An avid tropical fish hobbyist since the age of five and a reptile and amphibian enthusiast for nearly as long, Hussain Aga Khan developed a keen interest in conservation at a young age and began scuba diving at 14. 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.
Multiple photographic expeditions, often organized jointly with scientists or professional photographers, have led him to constitute extraordinary archives, covering various geographical areas and types of habitats as well as a large number of marine and terrestrial species.
His exhibitions, shown internationally, aim to inspire admiration for wildlife and therefore the desire to protect it.
Collections of his photographs have also been published in four books, Animal Voyage (2004), Diving into Wildlife (2015), Fragile Beauty and The Living Sea (2022).
All of Prince Hussain’s proceeds from the sale of his books are donated, via his association Focused on Nature (FON), to shark, cetacean or sea turtle conservation.



Whilst the goal of Hussain’s photography has always been to help people fall in love with nature, inspire people to change behaviours and encourage them to educate others, FON was born out of the idea that raising awareness and engaging the public with some environmental education might not suffice. Hence the creation of a fund to finance some of the best wildlife charities in the world for particular species and ecosystems of interest.
Handpicked and vetted through a process of consultation with FON’s expert, committed advisers and contacts – or by literature review – organizations working on the conservation of sharks, cetaceans, mobulid rays, African elephants, rhinoceroses, rainforests and apes receive yearly donations.
Grantees include the Shark Conservation Fund and Fins Attached, the Manta Trust, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and the Wild Dolphin Project, The Rainforest Trust and Re:wild, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, as well as Oceana and the Jane Goodall Institute.