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Lee Lin Chin, 2004

George Fetting

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 126.0 cm x 101.2 cm, image: 120.0 cm x 95.0 cm)

Lee-Lin Chin, former broadcaster, was born to Chinese parents in Jakarta 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 commands 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 1992, and remained with the station until she resigned in mid-2018. Although she read the news with some severity, and remains reticent about her history and private life, as both news anchor and host of the network’s cult-hit Fashionista program she built a reputation as a style authority, delighting her many admirers with her self-confessed ‘mania’ for clothes. A hot target for portraitists, in recent years she has emerged as a wry comedian, co-writing a 'Chinspirational' book, Iced Beer and Other Tantalising Tips for Life. Chin’s causes have included The Social Studio, an enterprise dedicated to creating employment and educational pathways for young people who have been refugees.

George Fetting (b. 1964) is a Sydney-based freelance photographer. Although he describes portraiture as his first love and in 2007 won the Olive Cotton Award for portraiture, his work also encompasses photojournalism, travel photography and advertising. Fetting approached Lee-Lin Chin with the idea of photographing her in ‘geisha’ style, her Chinese- Malay heritage notwithstanding. The portrait session took place at the SBS offices in Sydney. After taking a series of other photographs, Fetting took this one in a patch of natural light in a corner near the cafeteria, the station’s employees passing by without raising an eyebrow at the ‘fashionista’s’ bandeau of Indian silk. Chin said that she liked the photograph ‘because it’s so unashamedly attention-grabbing – which isn’t me at all’.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist and Lee Lin Chin 2010
© George Fetting/Copyright Agency, 2020

Accession number: 2010.16

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George Fetting (age 40 in 2004)

Lee Lin Chin

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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.