The materials published in the book were only a part of the photostaken by llya Ehrenburg, the part saved by his friends and relatives, since Ehrenburg was compelled to destroy his archive in June 1940, when Nazi troops occupied Paris.
The book comprises more than 300 photos taken by llya Ehrenburg, and its text relates the story of Ehrenburg's devotion for photography in the context of his life and works. The book tells about the people, whom Ehrenburg photographed, about his travels and creative ideas concerning photography; the author also describes how the albums were compiled and published, and how they were received by critics.
The author of the book is an expert on llya Ehrenburg's works, his principal biographer and commentator, who organized the publications of his works and letters and also collected the memoirs about Ehrenburg, as well as the large photo archive, based on which two exhibitions of Ehrenburg's photos were held in St.Petersburg: "llya Ehrenburg, the photographer" (2001) and "Paris of llya Ehrenburg" (2006). Both were a great success.