Markuz Wernli Saito cannot come to the phone when I call him as arranged in Kyoto.

When we speak later, he is full of apologies: "I was shooting for the exhibition 'Peace Works' that opens on Nov. 11 at the Kyoto Convention Center in Sangyo Daigaku. It then moves to International Community House on Dec. 6, also in Kyoto."

Markuz has been using his wife, Yuka, as a model for an image that involved white hands, white feathers and a lot of flour flying around the set. "I'll wait to see the pictures to decide whether it worked or not. It's not easy to photograph peace."