Will McBride was born in 1931 in St.Louis, Missouri,USA. He spent his childhood in Chicago and suburbs, his youth near Detroit. He graduated from Grosse Point Highschool in 1947, having also attended courses at the Art Instiute of Chicago and the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts.
1948-1950 Study of English Literature at the University of Vermont.
1950 Summer study of Painting and Illustration at Norman Rockwell ́s
1951 Study of Drawing and Painting at the National Academy of Design,New York City
1951-1953 Study of Painting and Illustration, Syracuse University, College of Fine Arts,Graduated cum laude, also with ROTC commission in US Army.
1953-1955 Military service with the United States Army in Würzburg, Germany, Infantry Platoon leader. Expert Infantrymans Badge Photography and Layout for two Division year books
1955-1961 Study at the Free University, American Literature, Berlin, and photojournalism for Life. Look, Paris Match
1957 Meets the great American photojournalist, David Douglas Duncan, at Picaso ́s gate, is inspired by his advice
1959 First photosessions for Twen magazine, marriage to Barbara Wilke
1960 Birth of Shawn Michael McBride
1962 Birth of Robin Christopher McBride
1964 Birth of Brian Brandon Duncan McBride
1961 Move to Munich, Photoessays for Quick and Twen magazines
1965 Teach course in Photojournalism at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Ulm
1972 First one man show of photographs at the Gallery Christoph Dürr, München. Move to Casoli di Camaiore, Toscana, continued photoessays for Stern and Geo magazines. Beginning to sculpt and paint again
1974-1979 Different workshops for photography in Castel Franco di Sopra assisting Willy Fleckhaus. And in Arles at the Recontres International de la Photographie with Luciene Clergue
1981 One man show of photographs, "Will McBride, Auotbiography" at the PPS Gallery, Hamburg
1983 Return to Germany, Studios for sculpture, Painting and Photography in Frankfurt am Main Through all the years varied book publications: "Adenauer,a Portrait", "Boys", "The Sex Book", "Show me", "Siddharta", "The Lord ́s prayer" , "Song of salomen", "Show me more", "Situations, Projects", "I, Will McBride", "Coming of Age", "My Italy"
1991 Exhibition of sculpture, paintings and photography, Gallery Brochier, Munich
1991-1992 Large retrospective of black and white photography, "40 years of Photography", with catalogue by Peter Weiermaier, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, PPS Gallery, Hamburg, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich
1995 Begin work on "NO WAR! MONUMENT, a gigantic installation of sculpture and paintings. Shows in Frankfurt and Camaiore
1999 Move from Frankfurt to Berlin to paint and continue work on the "NO WAR! MONUMENT"
2000 Large exhibition of photographs at Camera Work Gallery, Berlin
2008 Preparing exhibitions of paintings and "NO WAR! MONUMENT" in Berlin