Having become interested in photography in the mid-1960s in Kazan, Vladimir Sichov moved to Moscow in 1972. There he worked at the Trade Union of Graphic Artists, took photos of street life and portraits of fellow nonconformist artists, and held apartment exhibitions of nonconformist art.
In 1980, Vladimir Sichov emigrated to France and brought his photo archive through the Iron Curtain. The photographs he made in Soviet Union were first published by Paris Match, then Stern, Oggi and Life, which made the author the most published magazine photographer in the world that year. It also led to the contract with Vogue. In the beginning of the 1980s, Sichov took pictures of fashion shows and made advertisements for iconic French couturiers. From 1980 to 2010, he worked as a photographer at Sipa Press Agency and thus witnessed many historic events.