CELEBRITIES

Candid Camera


Before there was Instagram, there were Polaroids, and the ones that Robert Rich took were seen only on the walls of his office. Robert was the manager of the Marc Jacobs store on Mercer Street in New York, and I spent what felt like a good part of the late ’90s and early 2000s there in his basement office. Instead of stepping into the luxurious dressing rooms, actresses, models, and special clients tried on clothes and posed in Robert’s crowded space behind the stockroom, which was covered in Polaroids and pages torn from magazines. Winona Ryder and Lil’ Kim donned court and premier outfits, Kate Moss undressed, Selma Blair pouted. Robert gave me a framed photo of Bill Murray when I was trying to meet the actor for a movie I wanted to make. And we all spent hours hanging out, dressing up, and posing for him—when there was nowhere else we’d have rather been, and we didn’t have as much to do. After years had passed, Robert let me go through a box of his photos and remember that moment in time.

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Selma Blair. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Karolina Kurkova. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Kate Moss and Robert Rich. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Patricia Taylor, Winona Ryder, and Kate Moss. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Winona Ryder. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Sofia Coppola. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Parker Posey. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Winona Ryder and Grace Jones. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Frankie Rayder. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Maya Rudolph. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Kate Moss. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Winona Ryder. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Selma Blair. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Sofia Coppola. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Winona Ryder and Kate Moss. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Selma Blair. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Hilary Swank. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Sofia Coppola and Marc Jacobs. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Selma Blair. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Gisele Bündchen. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Karen Elson. Courtesy of Robert Rich.

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Kate Moss. Courtesy of Robert Rich.