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Lee Lin Chin, 2005

Ingvar Kenne

type C photograph on paper (frame: 103.0 cm x 103.0 cm depth 3.2 cm, sheet: 100.0 cm x 100.0 cm)

Lee Lin Chin, former broadcaster and stylesetter, was born in Indonesia and raised and schooled in Singapore, where in 1968 she began working in television and radio. After arriving in Australia in 1980 she worked as a translator of Chinese movies (she speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and Fukien). Having worked with ABC radio in Darwin and Newcastle, she became a newsreader with the multicultural and multilingual public broadcast channel, SBS, in 1988, gaining devoted viewers by way of her stern, even contemptuous delivery and superbly-cut tops and jackets. As host of the network’s Fashionista program she built a reputation as a style authority, in 2008 curating the exhibition of historical fashion photographs, Strike a Pose . . . With Lee Lin Chin at the National Archives of Australia, Canberra. Now renowned as a comedian as well as a voice for social change, Chin has a huge social media following although she posts little, if anything, herself, retaining the air of mystery that so intrigues her admirers. Her 'Chinspirational' book, Iced Beer and Other Tantalising Tips for Life, co-written with Chris Leben, was published in 2016. Chin’s causes include The Social Studio, an enterprise dedicated to creating employment and educational pathways for young people who have been refugees. She is pictured here in a dress by Japanese-born Australian designer Akira Isogawa.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006
© Ingvar Kenne

Accession number: 2006.45

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Ingvar Kenne (age 40 in 2005)

Lee Lin Chin

Subject professions

Media and communications

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Ingvar Kenne (14 portraits)

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

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Citizen Kenne

Magazine article by April Thompson, 2013

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Volume Two

Previous exhibition, 2018

The second instalment of a display featuring bold contemporary portraits drawn from the collection. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne

Ingvar Kenne

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Previous exhibition, 2012

Swedish-born Australian photographer, Ingvar Kenne, captures both individuality and shared human experience in his ongoing portrait project Citizen.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.