Johnny Bean works as a professional photographer under the name of Beanphoto. He studied Photographic Arts in the 1980's at the Polytechnic of Central London, then began a long career mixing working in bookshops with freelance photography and arts administration.
He was Bookshop Manager at both The ICA, London and Ffotogallery in Cardiff, a Lecturer in History of Photography for a Cardiff Photography Resource Agency, and Administrator at Lancaster Litfest until 2012. In 2004 he set up Beanphoto and now works solely as a freelance photographer working on commissions and shooting weddings. In 2013 he was a finalist in the Professional Photographer of the Year awards. In 2014 he was a founding member of the Morecambe Artist Colony, a not-for-profit group of local artists and creatives, passionate about using art for the regeneration of Morecambe. He has exhibited work in London, Cardiff, Lancaster and Morecambe.