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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RIBA137335Corrugated iron house, Adalstraeti 10, Isafjordur

RIBA137336Old farm house, Reykjafjordur, West Fjords

RIBA137337Old farm house, Reykjafjordur, West Fjords

RIBA137338Geothermal swimming pool on Reykjafjordur, West Fjords

RIBA137339Folk Music Centre, Siglufjordur

RIBA137340Church, Siglufjordur

RIBA137341House, Siglufjordur

RIBA137342Corrugated iron house on Grimsey Island

RIBA137343Church at Bakkagerdi

RIBA137344Church at Bakkagerdi

RIBA137345Lindarbakki turf house, Bakkagerdi Village

RIBA137346Lindarbakki turf house, Bakkagerdi Village

RIBA137347Herjolfur's old farmstead, Westman Islands

RIBA137348Herjolfur's old farmstead, Westman Islands

RIBA137349Grjotagata 11, Grjotaþorp (Grjoti village), Reykjavík

RIBA137350Overview of Stykkisholmur from Sugandisey Island with a distant view of the Stykkisholmskirkja (Stykkisholmur Church)

RIBA137351House overlooking the harbour at Stykkisholmur

RIBA137352Overview of Stykkisholmur from Sugandisey Island with a distant view of the Stykkisholmskirkja (Stykkisholmur Church)

RIBA137353Houses and buildings on Flatey Island, West Fjords

RIBA137354Overview of the harbour and buildings of Isafjordur

RIBA137355House on Grimsey Island

RIBA137356Detached house in Akureyri

RIBA137357House at Eryarlandsvegur 26, adjacent to St Peter's church, Akurreyri

RIBA137358Overview of the harbour and buildings of Husavik with a distant view of the church