He has lived in Germany since 1955. In 2004 McBride received the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize, which is bestowed by the German Photographic Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie) and is the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for photography.
His work has been published in Twen, among other European magazines. The bulk of his photography work is not often seen in the USA, due to its frank openness about young male nudity and his past experiences with censorship and censure around his photography for his 1975 book Show Me! (German title Zeig Mal!) — which was banned in the USA in the 1980s.