Will McBride (photographer)

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Will McBride and female model, Southern France, 1975

Will McBride (born 1931, St. Louis, Missouri) is a photographer in reportage, art photography and book illustration. He is also known as a painter and sculptor.[1]


McBride grew up in Chicago, attended the University of Vermont, then the Art Institute of Chicago, and finally graduated from Syracuse University in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.

He has lived in Germany since 1955. His work has been published in the youth magazine Twen, among other European magazines. Twen provoked a scandal when they published McBride's portraits of his pregnant wife Barbara in 1960.[2]

The bulk of his photography work is not often seen in the USA. McBride's work includes nudity and he has experienced censorship and censure around his photography for his 1975 book Show Me! (German title Zeig Mal!).

Solo exhibitions since 2000 have included: the Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna; Dany Keller Galerie, Munich; and the Galerie argus fotokunst, Berlin.[3] 1993: Haus am Waldsee[4]

In 2004 McBride received the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize which is bestowed by the German Photographic Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie).

Selected books[edit]

  • Show Me!, 1975. (German title Zeig Mal!).
  • Foto-Tagebuch 1953 - 1961, 1982.
  • Adenauer und seine Kinder - Fotografien von 1956-1968, 1994.
  • My Sixties, 1994.
  • I, Will McBride, 1997. (Retrospective)
  • Coming of Age, Aperture, 1999. (Introductory essay, "Ways of Being Human", by Guy Davenport).
  • Situationen Projekte: Ein Fotobuch, 2000.
  • McBride, Will (2013), Bertram, Mathias, ed., Berlin im Aufbruch. Fotografien 1956-1963, Leipzig: Lehmstedt 


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