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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RIBA4397Delhi, India: unidentified aerial view, possibly "Temporary Delhi", of the Imperial Secretariat with circular walled site in background

 
RIBA4398Racecourse and Tomb of Safdarjungh, Delhi

 
RIBA4399Council House, New Delhi, under construction


RIBA4400Council House, New Delhi

 
RIBA4401Secretariats, North Block, New Delhi: the "topping-out" ceremony 30 September, 1927

 
RIBA4402Secretariats, New Delhi: plan of formal Indian garden


RIBA4403Great Place, New Delhi: a bullock and cart and a motor car passing through the columned entrance

 
RIBA4404Council House under construction, New Delhi: view from the Secretariat North Block

 
RIBA4405Public swimming baths, Putney, London


RIBA4406Public swimming baths, Putney, London: the recreation rooms over the car park

 
RIBA4407Public swimming baths, Putney, London: the public entrance and reception areas

 
RIBA4409Kettle's Yard, Northampton Street, Cambridge


RIBA4410Kettle's Yard, Northampton Street, Cambridge

 
RIBA4411Model of an arch from the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool

 
RIBA4412Odeon cinema, Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, London: the auditorium seen from circle right


RIBA4414Quincy Market, Boston, Massachusetts

 
RIBA4415Northland Shopping Center, Detroit

 
RIBA4416Sir Denys Lasdun with Philip Wood looking at the model of the library extension for the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)


RIBA4417Royal National Theatre, South Bank, London, seen from the Embankment

 
RIBA441832 Newton Road, Paddington, London: Kaye and Ronald Searle's Change of address card

 
RIBA441932 Newton Road, Paddington, London: the street facade


RIBA442032 Newton Road, Paddington, London: the balcony of the studio on the third floor overlooking Newton Road

 
RIBA4422Philip Webb

 
RIBA4424St Paul's Cathedral, City of London: the dome seen from the north transept