New photography exhibition at the Ri

Anne Purkiss showcases female scientists that have presented their research at the Ri.

The Royal Institution

Women in science

"Women in science" is a new photography exhibition at the Ri by artist Anne Purkiss.

The portraits on display were chosen from a collection of photographs of British scientists, that Anne Purkiss has built over period of more than three decades, and that is still growing today.

The portraits selected for this display feature scientists who have presented their research at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and they pay tribute to the contribution women make to scientific research and discovery.

About the artist

Anne-Katrin Purkiss works as an independent photographer, primarily in England, with a special interest in the arts and the environment.

She 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, galleries and government agencies.

As a personal interest, she documents people in the context of their environment and their occupations. Her collection of British portraits spans more than thirty years, featuring people who inspire us all through their work and their ideas.

Photographs from her collection have been published in national and international newspapers such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Die Zeit and Nature. Purkiss’ work has been exhibited in England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

Additional information

The exhibition is free and open during our normal opening hours 9.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

Please note that the whole building will be closed on Monday 7 May.