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
RIBA3453-59Royal Liver Building, Pier Head, Liverpool

 
RIBA3454-59Bus station for London Transport, Newbury Park, Redbridge, London

 
RIBA3455-59"Seco" temporary bungalow


RIBA3456-59Ideal House / National Radiator Building, Great Marlborough Street, London

 
RIBA3457-59Public toilet and florist, Westbourne Grove and Colville Road, London

 
RIBA3459-60Palais Garnier (Opera de Paris), Place de l'Opera, Paris


RIBA3460-60Piazza d'Italia, New Orleans

 
RIBA3463-60Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

 
RIBA3465-60All Saints, Margaret Street, Fitzrovia, London


RIBA3466-60Stave church from Gol, Norwegian Folk Museum, Oslo

 
RIBA3467-60Battersea 'A' Power Station, London: chimney floodlit

 
RIBA3468-609 Stock Orchard Street (the 'straw bale house'), Islington, London


RIBA3469-60Houses, Taos Pueblo, northern New Mexico

 
RIBA3470-60Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

 
RIBA3472-61Villa Rotonda (Villa Almerico Capra), Vicenza


RIBA3474-61Torre Asinelli and Torre Garisenda, Bologna

 
RIBA3475-61Basilica of Maxentius (or Constantine), via dei Fori Imperiali, the Forum, Rome: the remains of the central nave covered by three groin vaults

 
RIBA3477-61Chartres Cathedral: nave flying buttresses


RIBA3478-61Cahrtres Cathedral seen from the south

 
RIBA3479-61Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle), Ypres, before destruction in First World War and subsequent reconstruction

 
RIBA3480-61Durham Cathedral: the nave and north aisle


RIBA3481-61Upper Ormonde Quay and O'Donovan Rossa Bridge, Dublin

 
RIBA3482-61Woolland's stand, Ideal Home Exhibition, Olympia, London: the kitchen display

 
RIBA3483-61New Social Block, Gillette Factory, Great West Road, London: the canteen