Their collaborative imagery has adorned the pages of almost all of Russia's daily newspapers and sports magazines, plus international titles such as Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times for more than 30 years.
However, it wasn't sports photography that first piqued Sergei's interest; the son of the famous Soviet photographer Vladislav Kivrin wanted to be a photojournalist. "At the end of the eighties dramatic events took place in our country, and genres such as sport were not interesting against that backdrop. People fought for their lives, not for gold medals," Sergei explains. His eventual frustration with the authorities led him to try a new genre. "I began to shoot sports, because during those Soviet times it was the only area where you could show the truth. Other types of photography were basically just propaganda."