"The exhibition reflects a fresh, unpretentious perspective of our leaders and engages the public in the events of the past," said the archive manager Yigal Sitri. "The photos immortalize forgotten relationships and moments of levity and we invite the public to visit and learn more about the famous figures behind these photographs."
Among the photographs in the exhibition: A rare photo of David Ben-Gurion in 1951, taken during a trip to Eilat. The intense heat and thirst did not stop him visiting Kibbutz Yotvata. Ben-Gurion was photographed wearing a bandana to protect himself from the blazing sun.
Another rare photograph shows Golda Meir in southern Israel in 1947. The dust plumes didn't stop the heads of the Jewish Agency from seeking to show donors and foreign representatives the Jewish settlements in the Negev. When the American cars got stuck in the desert sand, a local Bedouin stopped to help.
Additional photographs depict Herzl with his bike in the Austrian Alps and Moshe Sharett in the Jewish Brigade while in northern Italy fighting the Nazis with the British Army.