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.

 

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RIBA837410 Bolton Gardens, London: painting above the fireplace

 
RIBA837510 Bolton Gardens, London: painting above the fireplace

 
RIBA10227110 Collingham Gardens, Kensington, London


RIBA2652210 Downing Street, Whiltehall, London: glimpse of the front door

 
RIBA5728810 Downing Street, Whitehall, London

 
RIBA3040-3410 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


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