John McAslan

Anne-Katrin Purkiss

Portraits of architects

Within the RIBA Collections there are many portraits not only of architects but artists, personalities and workers. Nearly 1300 portraits are available on RIBApix, largely as photographs or paintings, but sometimes as caricatures or cartoons.

Complimenting this collection we are very pleased to announce the addition of a number of photographic portraits of architects taken by the photographer Anne-Katrin Purkiss. Her collection of British portraits spans more than thirty years, featuring people who inspire through their work and their ideas. As a personal interest, she documents people in the context of their environment and their occupations. Her work with architects includes documenting the restoration of artists’ homes and studios such as the Watts Gallery near Guildford and the conservation of Sandycombe Lodge, J. M. W. Turner’s house in Twickenham. She has also worked with Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury in their bid to develop a national centre for Thomas Gainsborough in the artist’s birthplace.

Anne-Katrin Purkiss was born in Chemnitz, Germany, and graduated from Leipzig University with a degree in Journalism and Photography. She worked for an advertising agency before moving to England in 1984. After four years at the London bureau of Associated Press, she became a freelance photographer. Her commissions include regular work for museums and galleries and government agencies. She now works as an independent photographer, primarily in England, with a special interest in the arts and the environment.

To see more of Anne-Katrin Purkiss’ work on RIBApix click here.

 

108600 items
RIBA4132Design for a wallpaper or textile entitled 'I love little pussy, her coat'

 
RIBA4135Deepdene, Dorking, Surrey: approach to the entrance

 
RIBA4136Two designs for semi-detached houses for Romford District Council, one for Osborne Road, Romford, London


RIBA4137Crystal Palace and its grounds at Sydenham, London

 
RIBA4139Arch of Hadrian, Athens, with the ruins of the Temples of Zeus Olympus in the background

 
RIBA4141Conjectural reconstruction of the Temple of Diana, Ephesus


RIBA4146Competition design for a Canadian house

 
RIBA4147Design for the Tabernacle Church of Christ, Columbus, Indiana

 
RIBA4148Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London: the bronze balustrades above the main entrance


RIBA4149Darwin Building, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, seen from the north-east

 
RIBA4150The Land of Britain aluminium cone entrance, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London

 
RIBA4151The Land of Britain Pavilion, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London: close-up of aluminium cone entrance


RIBA4152Harbour Meadow, Birdham, Sussex: the garden elevation

 
RIBA4153Harbour Meadow, Birdham, Sussex: the entrance courtyard

 
RIBA4154Harbour Meadow, Birdham, Sussex: the garden front


RIBA4155Harbour Meadow, Birdham, Sussex: the dining room

 
RIBA4157Extension to Mayfield Comprehensive School, Putney, London

 
RIBA4158Sir Denys Lasdun


RIBA4159Sir Denys Lasdun

 
RIBA4160Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, Illinois

 
RIBA4161Lunching around one of the 25ft dials of the clock for the Royal Liver Building, Pier Head, Liverpool


RIBA4162Battersea 'A' Power Station, London

 
RIBA4166House for Edward James, 35 Wimpole Street, London: bathroom for his wife, Tilly Losch, designed by Paul Nash

 
RIBA4167Midland Hotel, Morecambe, Lancashire