French artist Rachel Lévy photographs flowers that are past their prime: wilting, fading and revealing visible signs of decay. Nonetheless, captured in the last fleeting moments before perishing, they are strikingly beautiful.  

She sources only specific types of flowers from horticulturalists, to ensure that the plants have aged naturally and have been exposed to the elements. Myriad factors combine to create the (im)perfect specimen, from climate and sunlight to the varied lives of the flowers. Her practice is a kind of portraiture with each flower being entirely individual, each with its own temperament. Printed onto cotton paper, her limited edition photographs have the painterly qualities of watercolours. Lévy's work is an unusual and modern take on a classical genre. 

Born in Casablanca, Rachel studied at the San Francisco Art Institute but now lives and works in Paris. Her photography was recently selected for a group exhibition organised by the French Ministry of Culture in association with Pierre Cardin.