Maryanne Bilham is an award-winning photographer 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 photographer 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. She moved to Los Angeles in the mid-’90s and formed a business with husband (rock photographer) Robert Knight. Their projects include outdoor photographic installations at over 200 Guitar Center locations nationwide. Maryanne’s work was featured in “Rock Prophecies,” a feature-length documentary based on Robert Knight’s life, which has been shown on PBS television stations and is also available on Netflix and iTunes.
Her extensive portfolio includes Carlos Santana, Heart, Cyndi Lauper,The Go Go’s, Sheryl Crow, Garbage, Skinny Puppy and Blondie. A number of projects also reflect her interest in mysticism and mysterious phenomena, including her cover image for guitarist John 5’s "Songs For Sanity," featuring him levitating between two parallel guitars. Her artwork for The Go-Go’s album "God Bless The Go-Go’s" references Bilham’s “Divine Eros” exhibition, with beatific portraits of each band member gracing the cover.
In 2011 she launched Visionaire Studio in Las Vegas. Among her projects are the new advertising and billboard campaign for the House of Blues Residency for Carlos Santana at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
In 2012 she launched an artist series of T-shirts with designer Albert OH "Under a different Sun" for Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
In the foreword to his Modern Guitars interview with Maryanne, Tom Watson wrote, “Whether it's advertising, portraiture, live concert, or fine art, her work points to something beyond itself and breathes new life into the old phrase: Seeing is believing. Even when Bilham’s 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."