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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RIBA4251Kropotkinskaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4252Kropotkinskaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4253Taganskaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4254Taganskaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4255Taganskaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4256Elektrozavodskaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4257Elektrozavodskaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4258Komsomolskaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4259Chistye Prudy Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4260Chistye Prudy Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4261Chistye Prudy Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4262Lubyanka Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4263Krasnie Vorota Metro station, Moscow, at dusk

RIBA4264Arbatskaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4265Oktyabrskaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4266Oktyabrskaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4267Teatralnaya Metro station, Moscow

RIBA4268Science Museum Principe Felipe, City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

RIBA4269Science Museum Principe Felipe, City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, at dusk

RIBA4270'Hemispheric', City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, at night

RIBA4271Science Museum Principe Felipe, City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

RIBA4272Einstein Tower, Potsdam

RIBA4273Einstein Tower, Potsdam

RIBA4274Einstein Tower, Potsdam