Sergey Kivrin was born in Moscow into the family of Vladislav Kivrin, a famous Soviet photographer, on October 27, 1955. While a teenager, he actively took up volleyball but he didn’t feel like becoming a professional sportsman.
In 1978 he graduated from the Moscow State University Department of Journalism. For over twenty years he worked for the “Soviet Union” magazine together with his father and such recognized masters of photography as Yakov Halip, Anatoly Garanin and Vladimir Lagrange. His central theme then was sport.
By the end of the 1980s and early 90s the dramatic events in his country inspired him so much that he almost forgot about sports photography. Many times did he visit hot spots like Nagorno-Karabakh, Tskhinvali, Chechnya, Beslan etc. For 18 years he had collaborated with the “Los Angeles Times” and the “New York Times”. He is the winner of a number of international photo contests, including ADIDASAIPS-CANON (France), World Press Photo (Holland) and NIKON (Japan). For five years he taught at the Moscow State University Department of Journalism.