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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RIBA135053Sixth Form Centre, St Teresa's School, Effingham, Surrey

 
RIBA135054Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham

 
RIBA135055Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham: the spiral staircase


RIBA135056Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham: detail of the external spiral staircase

 
RIBA135057Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham

 
RIBA135058Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham


RIBA135059Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham

 
RIBA135060Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham

 
RIBA135061Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham


RIBA135062Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham

 
RIBA135063Ashley Building, University of Birmingham (formerly the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science), Birmingham: detail of facade

 
RIBA135134BT Tower (formerly the Post Office Tower), 60 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, London, at dusk


RIBA135135County Hall, South Bank, Lambeth, London

 
RIBA135136HMV Factory, Station Road, Hayes, London

 
RIBA135137HMS Belfast with Tower Bridge beyond, London


RIBA135138Queen's Cottage, Kew Gardens, London

 
RIBA135139Gaumont State cinema, Kilburn High Road, London, at night

 
RIBA135140Little Venice, London


RIBA135141Lloyds, City of London

 
RIBA135142Lloyds, City of London

 
RIBA135143Kenwood House, Hampstead, London: the south front under snow


RIBA135144Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge, London, at night

 
RIBA135145Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge, London, at night

 
RIBA135146Distant view of the City of London skyline showing the Gherkin (Swiss Re 30 St Mary Axe), from 'More London'