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Anne 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 government agencies, museums and galleries.

Her photographs have 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 and the National Art library. Her work has been exhibited in England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.