Most of the time, no one really looks good in a candid photo. However the power of a candid photo is to capture that real, raw emotion that’s lost during planned or staged photos. This is especially true for famous historical figures or celebrities.

The reason for that, is our perception of who they are is so heavily influenced by textbooks and the media. We forget who they really were. These 23 pictures of celebrities and famous people from history will give exactly that: who these people really were/are.

1. 1890 – Tsar Nicholas II of Russia

1890 - Tsar Nicholas II of Russia

2. Steve Jobs being feisty.

Steve Jobs being feisty.

3. Che Guevara quenching his thirst.

Che Guevara quenching his thirst.Imgur

4. Mr. T spending some quality time with Nancy Reagan

Mr. T spending some quality time with Nancy Reagan

5. Eddie Van Halen munching on a burger.

Eddie Van Halen munching on a burger.Imgur

6. Steven Spielberg on the set of Jaws.

Steven Spielberg on the set of Jaws.

7. Gerald Ford playing soccer with Pele.

Gerald Ford playing soccer with Pele.

8. David Bowie on his way to a recording session.

David Bowie on his way to a recording session.Imgur

9. King George VI of England enjoys himself on a slide.

King George VI of England enjoys himself on a slide.

10. The Queen of England laughing at her husband dressed in his ceremonial uniform.

The Queen of England laughing at her husband dressed in his ceremonial uniform.

11. Yoko and John.

Yoko and John.Imgur

12. Albert Einstein relaxing.

Albert Einstein relaxing.

13. Quentin Tarantino.

Quentin Tarantino.Imgur

14. Richard Nixon has a beer poured on his head by Bobby Grich after the LA Angeles win their division title.

Richard Nixon has a beer poured on his head by Bobby Grich after the LA Angeles win their division title.

15. Frank Sinatra about to dig into some Pancakes.

Frank Sinatra about to dig into some Pancakes.Imgur

16. Stanley Kubrick takes a selfie with his daughter.

Stanley Kubrick takes a selfie with his daughter.

17. Richard Nixon showcasing his magical powers.

Richard Nixon showcasing his magical powers.

18. Ronald Reagan in sweatpants.

Ronald Reagan in sweatpants.

19. President Obama tutoring the Vice Chinese Premier in basketball.

President Obama tutoring the Vice Chinese Premier in basketball.

20. Mark Hamill hanging out with the muppets.

Mark Hamill hanging out with the muppets.

21. Kirk and Spock having fun.

Kirk and Spock having fun.Imgur

22. Fidel Castro at the Lincoln Memorial.

Fidel Castro at the Lincoln Memorial.Imgur

23. Winston Churchill after a swim.

Winston Churchill after a swim.Imgur

(H/T Distractify)

I think that picture of Ronald Regan in sweat pants will haunt my dreams. Who knew the former leader of the free world could look so much like an everyday Joe?

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