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
RIBA2021-33Robie House, Chicago

 
RIBA2026-25King's College Chapel, Cambridge: the west front

 
RIBA2031-18Head office for insurance firm Willis Faber and Dumas Limited, Ipswich, Suffolk


RIBA2034-18Commercial Union Tower (Aviva Tower), I Undershaft, City of London, seen from Leadenhall Street

 
RIBA2089-26Highpoint One, North Hill, Highgate, London: the reinforced concrete cantilevered balconies

 
RIBA2090-7066 Old Church Street, Chelsea, London: the garden front


RIBA2091-7066 Old Church Street, Chelsea, London: the street front

 
RIBA138268Jerwood Library, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, seen from the west bank of the River Cam

 
RIBA138269Jerwood Library, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, seen from the west bank of the River Cam


RIBA138286Launcelot Fleming House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138287Launcelot Fleming House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138288Launcelot Fleming House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge


RIBA138289Launcelot Fleming House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138290Launcelot Fleming House, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

 
RIBA138336All Saints' Church, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire: detail of window tracery


RIBA138337All Saints' Church, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire

 
RIBA138338All Saints' Church, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire

 
RIBA138339All Saints' Church, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, seen from the east


RIBA138340All Saints' Church, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire: the tower seen from the High Street

 
RIBA138341All Saints' Church, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire: the north wall

 
RIBA138342All Saints' Church, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire: the nave looking towards the altar


RIBA138343All Saints' Church, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire: the nave and aisle

 
RIBA138370Jubilee House, Putney Bridge Road, London

 
RIBA138371Jubilee House, Putney Bridge Road, London