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
RIBA3484-61Forrt's Kitchen, Bath

 
RIBA3485-61Michelin Building, Fulham Road, London: the restaurant

 
RIBA3486-61John Nash


RIBA3488-61Primitive hut

 
RIBA3489-61Ospedale degli Innocenti (Foundling Hospital), Piazza SS Annunziata, Florence: the loggia

 
RIBA3490-61Oxford University Museum, Parks Road, Oxford


RIBA3491-61Temple of Neptune (or Hera II), Paestum

 
RIBA3492-61Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, under construction

 
RIBA3493-61Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens: the west facade


RIBA3496-61Salisbury Cathedral: the west front

 
RIBA3498-61City Library, Stockholm

 
RIBA3501-62Head office for insurance firm Willis Faber and Dumas Limited, Ipswich, Suffolk: Princes Street facade


RIBA3502-62Winchester Cathedral: the nave vault

 
RIBA3503-62Larkin Building, 680 Seneca Street, Buffalo, New York

 
RIBA3504-62Tithe barn at Place Farm, Tisbury, Wiltshire


RIBA3507-62Stansted Airport, Essex, at night

 
RIBA3509-62Europa Building, London Airport: the passenger handling concourse

 
RIBA3510-62Europa Building, London Airport: passenger handling building


RIBA3511-62The town of Chaux: perspective view

 
RIBA3513-62Cottages, Cherhill, Wiltshire

 
RIBA3514-62Balfron Tower, Rowlett Street, Poplar, London


RIBA3515-62All Saints Church, Icklingham, Suffolk

 
RIBA3516-62Historic Churches Preservation Trust exhibition held in Charing Cross Underground Station, London, July 15-August 5, 1957

 
RIBA3517-62The Bank of England and the statue of the Duke of Wellington, Threadneedle Street, City of London