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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RIBA4373Mound stand, Lord's Cricket Ground, London: seating

 
RIBA4374Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London: view from the south-west

 
RIBA4375Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London: close-up of the sculptures adorning the main entrance


RIBA4376London Eye seen at night, South Bank, London

 
RIBA4377Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London: the Old Palace Yard with Marochetti's 'Richard Coeur de Lion' in the foreground

 
RIBA4378Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London, seen from the South Bank


RIBA4379Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London, seen from the South Bank

 
RIBA4380Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe and Church of St Andrew Undershaft, City of London

 
RIBA4381Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London


RIBA4382Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe and St Andrew Undershaft Church, City of London

 
RIBA4383Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe, City of London: close-up of the tower showing the entrances, a series of high triangular archways cut out of the diamond grid of the facade

 
RIBA4384Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe and St Andrew Undershaft Church, City of London


RIBA4385The Lowry at dusk, Salford Quays, Salford, Greater Manchester: view of the main entrance

 
RIBA4386The Lowry at night, Salford Quays, Salford, Greater Manchester: close-up of the entrance canopy

 
RIBA4387Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, Manchester: close-up of double glass wall facade


RIBA4388Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, Manchester

 
RIBA4389Byker Wall, Byker housing redevelopment, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

 
RIBA4390The Lowry, Salford Quays, Salford, Greater, Salford, Manchester: general view of the Lowry footbridge crossing the Manchester Ship Canal on the right


RIBA4391Imperial War Museum North, Salford Quays, Trafford Park, Greater Manchester: close-up of the aluminium cladding and the Air Shard behind

 
RIBA4392Imperial War Museum North, Salford Quays, Trafford Park, Greater Manchester: close-up of the aluminium cladding and the Air Shard

 
RIBA4393Secretariats, New Delhi: wide-angle view of the Government Courts


RIBA4394Design for the Council House, New Delhi

 
RIBA4395Secretariats, New Delhi: the recessed entrance to the north block on Government Court

 
RIBA4396Imperial Delhi, India: index plan of layout