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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RIBA4426Professor George Aitchison

RIBA4427Bar Zilli, Sematat Avenue / Beirut Street, Asmara

RIBA4428Bar Crispi, Denden Street, Asmara

RIBA4429Villa Grazia, 173-10 Street, Asmara

RIBA4430Odeon cinema, Bihat Street, Asmara: the bar

RIBA4431Cinema Impero, Harnet Avenue / 176-21 Street, Asmara

RIBA4432Shell service station (formerly Agip service station), Decemhare Road, Godaif, Asmara

RIBA4433Shops and apartments (formerly Palazzo Mutton), Harnet Avenue / Ginda Street / Ad Ebrihim, Asmara

RIBA4434Swimming pool, 171-2 Street / Qohayto Street, Asmara

RIBA4435Apartments (formerly Alfa Romeo branch), 177-1 Street, Asmara

RIBA4436Market (formerly Piazza Italia), Asmara

RIBA4437Synagogue, Asmara

RIBA4438Central post office administration, Post Office Square, Asmara

RIBA4439Capitol Cinema (formerly Cinema Augustus), Denden Street, Asmara

RIBA4440Greek Orthodox church, Asmara

RIBA4441Ministry of Land, Water and the Environment, 194-2 Street, Asmara

RIBA4442Falletta Building, Harnet Avenue / Adi Hawesha Street / 176-5 Street / 176-7 Street, Asmara

RIBA4443Office building, Asmara

RIBA4444Bank of Eritrea, Post Office Square, Asmara

RIBA4445175-11 Street (formerly Lorenzo Tazaz Street), Asmara

RIBA4446San Antonio Church, Decemhare Road, Godaif, Asmara

RIBA4447Shops and apartments in former Adua Square, Nafka Avenue / Keren Street, Asmara: balcony with lion-shaped brackets

RIBA4448Ministry of Education (formerly Casa del Fascio), Harnet Avenue / Keskese Street, Asmara

RIBA4449Selam Hotel (formerly Albergo CIAAO), Maryam Gmbi Street, Asmara