Born 1954. London, England. He grew up in a small Muslim village on the edge of a mountain plateau, in East Africa and was educated in a Jesuit Boarding school in Zimbabwe. After finishing secondary school Bean took an apprenticeship as a trainee cameraman and then went on to study Photography in Brighton, and the Open University in England. He was made a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society in 2002, and a Fellow in 2004. Over the years he has worked with internationally acclaimed artists such as James Turrell, Franz Staehler, Marshall Hutson, Gerd Kever and Patrick Bradfield.
He teaches Photography and Lighting in University College Cork, Ireland.
“My influences stem from the avant-garde, in particular, the work of Alexander Rodchenko, Man Ray, the Czech avant-garde photographer Jaroslav Rössler, and Kansuki Yamamoto, but especially the West Coast Minimalist James Turrell.”