Will McBride (1931–2015) was an American photographer and prominent artist established in Berlin. McBride grew up in Chicago, from 1950 to 1953 he studied painting and art history in New York City. Alongside, he took privat lessons with Norman Rockwell. During his military service for the U.S Army he was stationed in Würzburg, Germany, from 1950 to 1955. Thereafter he stayed in Germany and studied philology at the Free University in Berlin. In 1959 he established himself as a freelance photographer in Berlin, and then, in Munich in 1961. In 1965, he there founded his own studio in which he mostly produced work for the advertising industry. From 1972 to 1982, he stripped himself away from his professional life and lived with his friend near Casoli Camaiore in Tuscany where he occupied himself with painting and sculpture. In 1983 he opened a photo studio in Frankfurt that he ran until 1998. Heuick«, »Eltern«, »Geo«, »Stern«, »Life«, »Look«, »Playboy«, and »Paris Match«. In 1960, the youth magazine »Twen« published portraits of his pregant wife Barbara in profile, provoking a great scandal. Outrage also errupted around McBrides photo documentation of his son's birth and in particular around his sex education book entitled »Zeig Mal!«. In 1992, the retrospective »Will McBride – 40 Years of Photography« took place in Frankfurt, Bonn, Hamburg, and Munich among other places. In 2004 he was awarded the Salomon Award by the German Photographic Association.
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Will McBride (2000)