Anne-Katrin Purkiss

This work was part of an exhibition at The Women’s Art Collection called Creative Connections: Portraits of Women Scientists and Artists, which brought together a selection of photographic portraits by Anne-Katrin Purkiss, highlighting the breadth of women’s achievements in both the Sciences and the Arts. Purkiss has been taking photographs of people for over 30 years and has had pictures published in national and international publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times and Nature.

The portraits in the exhibition depicted people in spaces connected with their work and this contextual approach draws out parallels between art and science, showing that the studio and the laboratory are kindred spaces – spaces where materials are used to create objects and experiments, and where ideas are tested in order to explore and better understand the world.