Staff

John Bean ACS
News Cameraman in the mid-to-late 80s. As most people would be aware, we lost John in a tragic ABC helicopter crash at Lake Eyre while on assignment in August 2011. In recent years, based in Brisbane, he had been a sought-after cinematographer within the ABC production environment, not only because of his stunning ability to shoot brilliant images, but also for his easy-going and agreeable personality and great work ethic. His credits included regular shooting for the ABC's highly regarded rural TV program Landline with his wife, reporter and now presenter, Pip Courtney. John died with helicopter pilot Gary Ticehurst and journalist Paul Lockyer. Their work had been legendary, and their loss was devastating not only for their own families but for the ABC family around the country and overseas. Tributes poured in from all over the world and John is missed every day by those who knew and loved him. Since he died, John has been awarded accreditation with the Australian Cinematographers Society with his letters, ACS. He should have applied long ago but just never thought his work was quite up to standard for that accreditation. He was both incredibly talented and incredibly humble. (Craig Berkman)