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.


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RIBA4227Jewish Museum, Berlin

RIBA4228Jewish Museum and garden, Berlin

RIBA4229Row houses 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: view from the north

RIBA4230Row houses 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: view from the south

RIBA4231Row houses 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: a living room and porch

RIBA4232Row houses 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart: street entrance to one of the houses

RIBA4233Ryabushinsky House, Moscow

RIBA4234Levin apartment building, Proezd Kirova, Moscow

RIBA4235Mayakovskaya metro station, Moscow: the ceiling

RIBA4236Mayakovskaya metro station, Moscow: the ceiling

RIBA4237Mayakovskaya metro station, Moscow: the platform

RIBA4238Mayakovskaya metro station, Moscow: the platform

RIBA4239Commissariat of Agriculture (Narkomzem), Moscow

RIBA4240Commissariat of Agriculture (Narkomzem), Moscow

RIBA4241Zuev Club, Moscow

RIBA4242Izvestiya Building, Moscow

RIBA4243Burevestnik Workers' Club (now Club DK), Moscow

RIBA4244Rusakov Club, Moscow

RIBA4245Rusakov Club, Moscow

RIBA4246Rusakov Club, Moscow: the rear elevation

RIBA4247Hotel Moskva, Moscow

RIBA4248Hotel Moskva, Moscow

RIBA4249MOGES building (the boiler house of the electric power station), Moscow

RIBA4250Kropotkinskaya Metro station, Moscow, at night