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.

 

108684 items
RIBA3355-53Egg and Bacon Restaurant for J. Lyons and Company, Oxford Street, London

 
RIBA3356-53Egg and Bacon Restaurant for J. Lyons and Company, Oxford Street, London

 
RIBA3357-53Kardomah Cafe, Market Street, Manchester


RIBA3358-53Penguin Pool, London Zoo, Regent's Park, London: early sketches

 
RIBA3359-53Lovell Health House, Los Angeles, California

 
RIBA3360-53Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut


RIBA3361-53Hermann Lange House, Krefeld

 
RIBA3362-53Glyn Mills' Bank, Lombard Street, London, under construction

 
RIBA3363-53Glyn Mills' Bank, Lombard Street, London, under construction


RIBA3364-53Glyn Mills' Bank, Lombard Street, London: steel framework under construction

 
RIBA3365-53Glyn Mills' Bank, Lombard Street, London: steel framework under construction

 
RIBA3366-53Four-storey detached houses, New Brighton, Wirral, Cheshire: front elevation (east side)


RIBA3367-53Four-storey detached houses, New Brighton, Wirral, Cheshire: garden elevation (west side)

 
RIBA3368-53Four-storey detached houses, New Brighton, Wirral, Cheshire: dining room

 
RIBA3369-53Four-storey detached houses, New Brighton, Wirral, Cheshire: sitting room


RIBA3370-53War Memorial, Euston, London: dedication ceremony in presence of Earl Haig

 
RIBA3371-53War Memorial, Euston, London: four maquettes of soldiers to stand at the foot of the column

 
RIBA3372-54Great Hall, Euston Station, London: interior with R. Wynn Owen and colleague reading notes in the middle distance


RIBA3373-54Harold Ainsworth Peto

 
RIBA3374-54History Faculty, West Road, Cambridge: the south elevation showing the stepped pyramidal glass roof over the Reading Room

 
RIBA3375-54Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Florence: west facade seen from the south-west


RIBA3376-54Cemetery of San Cataldo, Modena: colonnade

 
RIBA3377-54Louvre, Paris: the Pyramid

 
RIBA3378-54Prentice Women's Hospital and Maternity Center and the Northwestern Institute of Psychiatry, Chicago: detail of tower