Maryanne Bilham is a photographer with 35 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, USA-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, on 200 PBS television stations and is also available on Netflix and Itunes.
Maryanne has created promotional imagery for numerous A List musicians, including album covers, editorial & billboards while working with record labels, artist management and music manufacturers. Highlights include-2014 she completed the new photography campaign for Def Leppard for the Kiss/Def Leppard summer tour. In 2017 she was commissioned by Sony Legacy to photograph Carlos & Cindy Santana & the Isley Bros for POWER OF PEACE album release. In 2019 she was commissioned for the album photography for Carlos Santana for Africa Speaks with vocalist Buika by Concord Records. Ending 2019 with a residency with Journey at the Caesars Colosseum.
Now based back in New Zealand she shares her time between these two markets.
Her short film (directorial debut) on Ingo Swann, psychic spy and visionary artist "A Life Gone Wild" won Best Bio Pic in 2017 Philip K Dick Film Festival in NYC.