Hersey, Cannon

  • Grafitti Monk, 1999-2009, Dura trans photo print on an LED light Panel within a shanghai tang jacket with an antique Chinese jacket section sown around the photograph on a 19th century hand Tibetan printed blanket, 44x30 in.
  • Swayambu Stupa, 1999-2008, Silk Route Series, Antique Chinese silk jacket, c-print and bronze frame, 16x17 in.
  • Framing the Other ii, 1998-2008, Silk Route Series, Pigment print of a panoramic photograph on watercolor paper mounted on contemporary Indian silk and European synthetic fabric covered by the a section of a Shanghai Tang Jacket in an architectural bronze frame, 11x 5 in.
  • Bhodi Nat Stupa, 1999-2008, Silk Route Series, c-print on an Antique Chinese silk jacket section in an architectural bronze frame ,15x18 in.
  • Framing the Other i, 1998-2008, Silk Route Series, Pigment print of a panoramic photograph on watercolor paper mounted on contemporary Indian silk and antique Chinese silk embroidery in an architectural bronze frame, 11x5 in.
  • "Maitreya The Future Buddha" from the Silk Route series

Cannon Hersey is a photographer, writer and producer of large-scale cultural efforts in non-traditional spaces in New York City, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg. Cannon Hersey is committed to connecting art, economy and the public in unique and unexpected ways, bringing business development, event creation and populace marketing experience to the process. Over ten years, Mr. Hersey has worked across non-profit, private sector and communications to explore the meaning of culture and commerce in the modern global world.

Cannon Hersey conceived and founded CrossPathCulture (CPC) in 1999, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting global community building through the arts. As Executive Director of CPC, he organized and produced more than 50 exhibitions, festivals and educational programs in conjunction with other non-profit organizations including P.S.1, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center of Performing Arts, Whitebox, d.u.m.b.o. arts center, the Market Theater, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Johannesburg Metropolitan City Council. Corporate partners have included Colgate Palmolive, Royal Realty, Kodak, Gallo Records, South African Airways, Bombay Sapphire, Camel, Lotus and The Research Firm.

Cannon Hersey is a founding partner of BlackAgeMedia (BAM), a public relations and marketing company that showcases South African culture across the globe, while it exposes international opportunities and media to South African issues and audiences. BAM partners and clients have included the French Institute, Arts Alive International Arts Festival, Cherry Jazz Festival, The Zone Nightclub, Gun Free South Africa, Small Business Women Network SA and Short Ends Pictures in South Africa; MoCADA, Madiba Restaurant, Imagenation, South African Consulate, the Public Theater and Joe’s Pub in New York City; the Sao Paulo Bienale, Octavio and G-Onze in Brazil; and Museumsquartier and KulturAXE in Austria.

Cannon Hersey is a founding partner of Ntja-Pedi Productions, an independent media company based in Johannesburg, South Africa that produces, markets and distributes South African popular culture. A music catalogue has been created with some of South Africa’s top talent including Wrong Out, Dorothy Masuka, Pitch Black Afro, Martin Machapa, DJ Fatman, Sliq Angel, MXO and Stanley Masuka and a video catalogue developed with top SA media makers including Dumisani Phakathi, Phybia Dlamini and Peter Makarube and fine art by South African art star, Samson Mnisi.

In addition, Cannon Hersey has consulted for visionary creatives including Claude Grunitzky, founder of Trace magazine, TraceTV and True Agency, Godfried Reggio in affiliation with the UNDP Equator Initiative and Hollywood writer and producer Budd Schulberg. As assistant to the President of Situation Entertainment, Mr. Hersey supported 28 cultural events in one month including events at Cartier, the New York Public Library, the Regis Hotel Ballroom and the Central Park Zoo.

Cannon Hersey’s projects and businesses have achieved media attention with the Sunday Times, City Vision, The Sowetan, The Daily Sun, O Estado de Sao Paulo, Folha de Sao Paulo, Drum Magazine, Trace Magazine, The Daily News, N.Y. 1, Time Out Magazine, Bomb, Chronogram, Vogue RG, Glamurama, WBAI, Y-FM, M-Net, E-TV and the SABC among others.

Space + Community Development

  • Created premier, large-scale cultural spaces in the heart of New York City with Douglas Durst, Anita Durst and Royal Realty at 135 West 42nd street and the first CPC Center at 135 West 50th Street.
  • Established CPC SA Studios and a 60,000 square foot cultural center in the Newtown Cultural precinct of Johannesburg.
  • Opened and ran a ten-room digital media studio and restaurant on Johannesburg’s busy Rockey Street.
  • Supported the development and plan for an incubator of architects, urban planners, green businesses and media makers at The Metropolitan Exchange in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn for landlord, Al Atarra.
  • Built rapid audience development for midtown NYC and Johannesburg spaces by mixing artist production space, office space for arts groups and fine art, music, film and digital literacy programs in highly trafficked areas.
  • CPC worked with artist from 47 countries and built a global network of artists.

Multi-Media Programs and communications

  • Published and edited three editions of Path, an on-line, international art magazine.
  • Produced and managed 14 road show events in conjunction with the Arts Alive International Art Festival throughout Soweto and Johannesburg in conjunction with the Department of Cultural Affairs.
  • Produced and managed a two-day music festival in Newtown and Kliptown as part of the Playtime Festival of the French Institute.
  • Produced and managed the Africa Day Concert at Alexandra Stadium.
  • Built South African Freedom Day event in New York working with MoMA, PS1 and the public theater and then established a long term partnership for a sustainable public future for the event in Brooklyn with MoCADA.
  • Licensed original music to five South African feature length documentaries, two South African television series, BET and VH1.
  • Created original music and traveled Singer Martin Machapa and filmmaker Dumisani Phakathi to Vienna, Austria for a fashion, music and design pavilion inconjunction with KulturAXE and the Museumsquartier.

Fundraising and Consulting Experience

  • Raised around $500,000 in donations, sponsorships and partnerships for CrossPathCulture from 1999-2003.
  • Coordinated exhibitions in Johannesburg, New York City, Houston, and Sao Paulo that have grossed around $370,000 from 2006-2009.
  • Claude Grunitzky, CEO, Trace Magazine, South African issue and Transculturalism
  • Manu Lawrence, CEO, Sandbox TV, Content and community development
  • Lauren Merrill, TV producer, self promotion kit
  • Godfried Reggio, UNDP Equator Initiative, soundtrack and roll out strategy
  • Margaret Lydecker, Executive Director, Green Drinks, sponsorship package
  • Budd Schulberg. Screenwriter and producer, documentary and marketing plan