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.

 

104041 items
RIBA3687-73Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall

 
RIBA3688-73Vine Cottage, Blaise Hamlet, Henbury

 
RIBA3689-73Patio de los Leones (Court of the Lions), Alhambra, Granada


RIBA3690-73Patio de los Leones (Court of the Lions), Alhambra, Granada: one of the two pavilions

 
RIBA3691-73De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea: the auditorium from the stage showing side balcony

 
RIBA3692-7340 Geary Road, Dollis Hill, London


RIBA3694-73British Museum, Bloomsbury, London: Reading Room

 
RIBA3695-73B3 building, Stockley Park, Hillingdon, London

 
RIBA3696-73Head office for insurance firm Willis Faber and Dumas Limited, Ipswich, Suffolk


RIBA3697-74Head office for insurance firm Willis Faber and Dumas Limited, Ipswich, Suffolk

 
RIBA3698-74Old Royal Naval College (Royal Naval Hospital), Greenwich, London: the riverside facade

 
RIBA3699-74St Mary's Church, Woolpit, Suffolk: close-up of the hammer-beam roof


RIBA3700-74Pattenden Manor, Goudhurst, Kent

 
RIBA3701-74Bluewater shopping centre, Dartford, Kent

 
RIBA3702-74Stansted Airport, Essex


RIBA3703-74Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London: the twin towers marking the main entrance

 
RIBA3704-74Kenwood House, Hampstead, London, seen from across Hampstead Heath

 
RIBA3705-74Queen's House, Greenwich, London, seen from Observatory Hill


RIBA3708-74George Street, Bath

 
RIBA3709-74Eaton Square, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA3710-74Park Crescent, Regent's Park, London, seen from the west


RIBA3711-74Housing, 103-123 St Marks Road, London

 
RIBA3712-74St Paul's, Covent Garden, London: the east facade on Covent Garden

 
RIBA3714-74The Rosslyn Arms, Hampstead, London