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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RIBA137019Ely Cathedral, seen from the south

RIBA137020Ely Cathedral: detail of the round towers

RIBA137021Ely Cathedral

RIBA137022Ely Cathedral

RIBA137023Ely Cathedral

RIBA137024Ely Cathedral

RIBA137025Ely Cathedral: the octagon

RIBA137026Ely Cathedral: the octagon

RIBA137027Ely Cathedral

RIBA137028Ely Cathedral: the octagon

RIBA137029Ely Cathedral: the octagon

RIBA137030Ely Cathedral: the base of the round towers

RIBA137031Ely Cathedral: detail of the stonework on the south-east transept

RIBA137032Ely Cathedral

RIBA137033Ely Cathedral

RIBA137034Ely Cathedral, seen from a distance

RIBA137035Ely Cathedral, seen from a distance

RIBA137036Ely Cathedral, seen from a distance

RIBA137037Ely Cathedral, seen from a distance

RIBA137038Ely Cathedral, seen from a distance

RIBA137039Ely Cathedral: the main tower on the west front

RIBA137040Ely Cathedral: the west front from Church Lane

RIBA137041Ely Cathedral: the west front and Galilee Porch

RIBA137042Ely Cathedral: detail of window on the west front