Since 2009, Twin Cities photographer John Noltner has interviewed artists, the homeless, Holocaust survivors, political leaders — 55 Minnesotans in total — and asked them, “What does peace mean to you?” Noltner, a contributing photographer to MinnPost, has compiled the responses in a new book called ‘A Peace of My Mind.’ Striking black and white photos accompany each essay.
Noltner hopes the book, and the exhibition (which arrives at the St. Cloud Technical & Community College in early 2012), can be catalysts to begin a larger public conversation about the subject: “We all have a view of peace that is very personal… whether that means political peace, spiritual peace, inner peace or something entirely unexpected. And the belief is that at the core, we are all the same… we all long for and dream for the same things.”
Click on the image below to view eight essay excerpts and images from ‘A Peace of My Mind.’