Vladislav Kivrin was born in Yuryevets, a town located at the Volga River, in 1924. He inherited his photography skills from his father, who also was a photographer and whose works were published in a local newspaper. In 1942-1946, Vladislav fought in World War II. He was awarded the order of the Red Star and the Order of the Patriotic War.
In 1946, he came to Moscow and started to work as photo lab assistant. In 1953, he won the Sovetsky Soyuz (Soviet Union) magazine contest and began his career in press photography. Since 1955, he had been commissioned the most high-profile jobs, e.g. photoreports of the first voyage of the nuclear-powered icebreaker ‘ Lenin’, the World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow, the first Soviet cosmonauts, the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe held in Helsinki, and so on. He also made reports of several Olympic Games, i.e. Rome 1960 Summer Olympics, Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics, Innsbruck 1964 Winter Olympics, and Munich 1972 Summer Olympics.
His photographs always were remarkable for their dynamics and expressivity as well as precisely balanced composition.
Vladislav Kivrin was an Honoured Culture Worker of Russia. He died in 2003.