Zhong Lin is a photographer who has taken the global fashion industry by storm with her rich portraits inspired by the multiracial and multicultural identity of her native Malaysia. The British creative director and stylist Katie Grand commissioned her to shoot for the inaugural issue of Perfect magazine in 2021 and Lin has since shot celebrities and models for the title such as Nicole Kidman, Ashley Graham , Gisele Bündchen and Adut Akech . Her work has also appeared in publications including various international editions of Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, Dazed and L'Officiel. Among the brands that have commissioned her are: Nike, Mugler x Wolford and SKII.
Zhong first discovered her passion for photography while studying advertising in Kuala Lumpur in the early 2010s. Describing her approach as spontaneous and instinctive, Lin counts Hollywood movies, Japanese manga, Hindi music and Malaysian food as sources of inspiration. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Lin turned restriction-induced boredom into a body of vibrant, eccentric, post-production-tinted portraits that caught the mainstream media’s attention after she started posting a photo a day to her Instagram account for an entire year in a series she called Project 365.