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.

 

109700 items
RIBA138147King's College Chapel, Cambridge: the west front

 
RIBA138148King's College Chapel, Cambridge seen from King's Parade

 
RIBA138149King's College Chapel, Cambridge seen from King's Parade


RIBA138175Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: detail of a sign for Peck's pharmacy on Trumpington Street, looking towards the entrance of the museum

 
RIBA138176Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: detail of the columns surrounding the entrance portico

 
RIBA138177Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: detail of the pediment above the entrance portico


RIBA138178Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: detail of the Corinthian captitals and columns surrounding the entrance portico

 
RIBA138179Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: columns surrounding the entrance portico

 
RIBA138180Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: detail of a niche


RIBA138181Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: detail of sculptural relief above the entrance door

 
RIBA138182Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge, looking southwest towards Fitzwilliam Museum

 
RIBA138183Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: the main entrance portico


RIBA138184Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: the entrance portico columns

 
RIBA138185Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: the entrance portico

 
RIBA138186Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: the main entrance front


RIBA138187Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: corner detail

 
RIBA138188Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: the entrance portico

 
RIBA138189Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: corner detail


RIBA138203Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138204Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138205Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge


RIBA138206Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138207Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138208Boulton House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge