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.


109696 items
RIBA137311Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool: detail of south staircase

RIBA137312Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian

RIBA137313Temple of the Four Winds, Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

RIBA137314St Paul's Cathedral, City of London

RIBA137315Grjotagata street, Grjotaþorp (Grjoti village), Reyjkavik

RIBA137316Grjotagata street, Grjotaþorp (Grjoti village), Reyjkavik

RIBA137317Grjotagata street, Grjotaþorp (Grjoti village), Reyjkavik

RIBA137318Grjotagata street, Grjotaþorp (Grjoti village), Reyjkavik

RIBA137319Grjotagata street, Grjotaþorp (Grjoti village), Reyjkavik

RIBA137320House overlooking the harbour at Stykkisholmur

RIBA137321Flatey Church, Flatey Island, West Fjords

RIBA137322House and buildings on Flatey Island, West Fjords

RIBA137323House (Myllustadir) and buildings on Flatey Island, West Fjords

RIBA137324House (Mykkystadir) and buildings on Flatey Island, West Fjords

RIBA137325Houses and buildings on Flatey Island, West Fjords

RIBA137326Houses and buildings on Flatey Island, West Fjords

RIBA137327Corrugated iron house, Solgata 2, Isafjordur

RIBA137328Houses, Isafjordur

RIBA137329Corrugated iron house, Solgata 2, Isafjordur

RIBA137330Fire station, Isafjordur

RIBA137331Fire station, Isafjordur

RIBA137332Haestakaupstaoarhus, Haestikaupstaour (Upper Town), Isafjordur Old Town

RIBA137333Corrugated iron house, Brunngata, Isafjordur

RIBA137334House, Isafjordur