Born in Chemnitz, Germany in 1959, Anne Purkiss' early work includes a large number of photographs documenting her childhood and youth in the former East Germany.
After graduating from Leipzig University in 1983 with a degree in Journalism and Photography, Purkiss 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 government agencies, museums and galleries and her work has been published in national and international newspapers such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Die Zeit and Nature.
Anne Purkiss’ photographs are held in a number of public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy library and the archive of the Royal Society London.