Barber fish, a yellow species of butterflyfish, falling away and dispersing like golden nuggets as an oceanic manta ray rises above and away from a cleaning station. Photo: Hussain Aga Khan.

The Living Sea

Fragile Beauty


The Living Sea celebrates the beauty and magic of the ocean, testifying to some of the most enthralling and surprising encounters photographer Prince Hussain Aga Khan has experienced under the surface. These large-scale images reflect biodiversity of sea life from around the world.

The Living Sea: Fragile Beauty is being hosted by the Ismaili Council for Canada.

About the exhibition

The Living Sea: Fragile Beauty is being hosted in Calgary by the Ismaili Council for Canada. The exhibition is on at Glenbow at The Edison from May 11 to 21.

Through the power of photography, this exhibition raises awareness of environmental causes and concerns in our oceans. Photos of diverse species and ecosystems highlight the impact of pollution on our waterways and the value and importance of preserving biodiversity.

About the photographer

From a young age, Prince Hussain Aga Khan developed a keen interest in conservation, tropical fish, reptiles and amphibians – and began scuba diving at 14. He started travelling to the tropics frequently after high 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 geographic areas and types of habitats. He has also captured many marine and terrestrial species.

His international exhibitions aim to inspire admiration for wildlife and the desire to protect it. Collections of Prince Hussain’s photographs have also been published in four books: Animal Voyage (2004), Diving into Wildlife (2015), Fragile Beauty (2022) and The Living Sea (2022). Proceeds from the sale of his books are donated, via Focused on Nature, to shark, cetacean or sea turtle conservation.

About Focused on Nature

This exhibition is produced by Focused on Nature (FON), an organization that finances some of the most impactful wildlife charities in the world. Handpicked and vetted through a process of consultation with FON’s experts, 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.

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