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.

 

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RIBA5728810 Downing Street, Whitehall, London

 
RIBA5803310 Edge Street, Kensington, London: sideboard cabinet

 
RIBA3425610 Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London


RIBA3425810 Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London, seen from Appold Street

 
RIBA3426010 Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London, seen from Exchange Square

 
RIBA3426110 Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London: close-up of the series of glass walls that make up the facade


RIBA3425510 Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London: structural detail of the rear facade

 
RIBA3425710 Exchange Square, Broadgate, City of London: the foyer

 
RIBA7009510 Gresham Street, City of London, at dusk


RIBA7009610 Gresham Street, City of London, at dusk

 
RIBA7009710 Gresham Street, City of London, at dusk

 
RIBA7009410 Gresham Street, City of London, at night


RIBA4614510 Hills Place, Soho, London: close-up of a laminated glass window inserted in the facade

 
RIBA4614410 Hills Place, Soho, London: close-up of the facade

 
RIBA4663710 Palace Gate, London: the internal staircase of one of the flats between the double-height living room and the bedrooms above


RIBA4663810 Palace Gate, London: the internal staircase of one of the flats from the double-height living room to the bedrooms above

 
RIBA4663510 Palace Gate, London: the internal staircase of one of the flats from the double-height living room to the bedrooms above

 
RIBA4663610 Palace Gate, London: the internal staircase of one of the flats from the double-height living room to the bedrooms above


RIBA1425510 Seymour Place, Marylebone, London

 
RIBA1497710 St Mary's Hill, Stamford

 
RIBA643710 Upper Grosvenor Street, London


RIBA33278100 Wood Street, City of London: the main facade clad in Portland stone seen from Love Lane with a glimpse of St Alban's church tower on the right

 
RIBA8111410-11 Cathedral Close, Exeter: detail of carved head on the main doorway

 
RIBA8111310-11 Cathedral Close, Exeter: detail of wooden carving on the main doorway


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