Photographer and Director Maryanne Bilhams short film on Ingo Swann "A Life Gone Wild" won Best Bio Pic in 2017 Philip K Dick Film Festival in NYC. Commissioned by the estate of Swann/Ryder Productions, she is currently working on the 60 minute documentary. An award-winning photographer with 30 years of industry expertise spanning 4 continents. Best known for subjects including rock ‘n’ roll musicians, celebrities, high-end advertising campaigns, hotels and resorts and personal fine art pieces. The New Zealand-born, Las Vegas-based Bilham blends an elegant pictorial sensibility with a gift for suggesting depths of feeling and emotional resonance below the surface image, as well as in the essential connection between photographer and subject.
Maryanne moved to Hong Kong in the mid-’80s where she produced photography campaigns for Asia’s top advertising agencies and music companies. When Bilham moved to Los Angeles in the mid-’90s, she formed a business with husband (rock photographer) Robert Knight. Maryanne’s work was featured in “Rock Prophecies,” a $1 million feature-length documentary based on Knight’s life, which is in rotation on 200 PBS television stations and is also available on Netflix and Itunes.
Highlights include-2014 she completed the new photography campaign for Def Leppard for the Kiss/Def Leppard summer tour. 2015 a new line of exclusive merchandise was created for THE CROMWELL, Caesars Boutique property with her photography and Albert OHs designs. In 2017 she was commissioned by Sony Legacy to photograph Carlos & Cindy Santana & the Isley Bros for POWER OF PEACE album release. In late 2017 photographed the Alien Weaponry cover for NZ musician.
In his Modern Guitars interview with Bilham, Tom Watson wrote: “Whether it's advertising, portraiture, live concert, or fine art, Bilham’s work points to something beyond itself and breathes new life into the old phrase: Seeing is believing. Even when her exquisitely composed and beautifully ephemeral images invite the viewer to push the limits of belief and embrace the mysterious, there is no doubt of her authentic vision.”