His Highness the Aga Khan’s Work at a Glance

“The Closer You Come the More You Will See Him”

A digital portrait by Akbar Kanji 

This digital mosaic rendering is based on an existing photo portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th Ismaili Imam. For graphic artist Akbar Kanji of Toronto, the concept is to “portray our Imam’s entire life and his dedications at a glance which we cannot imagine until we come closer to him.”

Says Akbar Kanji about his astonishing work, “This mosaic portrait was created with fifteen hundred different images of our beloved Hazar Imam from his birth to the celebration of his Golden Jubilee (on July 11, 2007). The portrait has been made with passion and lots of artistic efforts such as collections of pictures from various sources, resizing, reshaping, color corrections, arrangements and proper placements.”

Please click for enlargement. Copyright. Akbar Kanji.

A pixel sample of the portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan is shown above. View the pixel strip further from the screen to see the facial features and move closer to the screen to see more of his dedications. The portrait is made up of 1500 ‘digital mosaic’ pieces.


The digital portrait is Copyright, Akbar Kanji. Hi-resolution print in varying sizes (recommended is 36″ x 24″ or 48″ x 36″) which will include the artist’s original signature is available for purchase from the artist. Please write to him at: akbarkanji@hotmail.com.

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