Leon Dimitrios
Mike Gorham

Leon Dimitrios is a freelance photographer, writer, filmmaker, producer and marketer with more than 20 years of experience.

Leon fell in love with photography when he was 17 years old and ever since then he has been globe trotting with a camera. Leon says: "My profession has taken me all over the world and one of the great joys of this travel has been the friendship that has often developed from my work. I have always attempted to convey in my photographs the inherent dignity I find in all of my subjects, no matter what the occupation, no matter what the country, no matter what the setting. Today, although I am writing books, essays and creating documentaries, I always think of myself primarily and fundamentally as being a photographer."

During the 1980s, he created vibrant pictures of people, airports, industries, landscapes, hospitals, social surroundings, facilities for science research and financial markets. This early work was published internationally in magazines and in advertising. According to Leon, creativity and art work should never be the result of routine. Leon took the challenge: "I was always working to improve the quality of my work, but also to tackle new and different projects. I decided to move into both illustrated books and documentaries."

After the success of his early work, Leon sought partners to help realize more demanding long-term projects that were larger in scope. Since 1996 he has been working with Corella Publishing to produce and publish these projects.

Each of these larger projects requires years of research, conception and production. Behind it all is a very personal interest to fully explore the subjects and to deeply understand the surroundings and the people.

Exchanges – A Journey over Five Continents

When Leon first visited a trading exchange in 1983, he was struck by the energy of the people buying and selling on the exchange floor. Walking amid traders was truly a feeling of sensory overload, and this initial experience eventually gave birth to the project Exchanges – A Journey over Five Continents.

This project on commodity and financial exchanges started in 1993, and took almost fifteen years to finalize production. Leon traveled 350,000 miles to destinations on five continents, visiting 65 marketplaces in 28 countries to document exchanges around the world. Some marketplaces were visited twice, some three times, and some even more often to ensure that no stone was left unturned.

Read Leon’s About the Photography section and learn more about this production.

Leon is currently working on a wide variety of projects related to aviation, modern life, nature, travel and history. On the Corella Publishing website you will discover more of his projects.

Michael Gorham is currently Industry Professor and Program Director for the MS in Financial Markets at the Stuart School of Business, and Director of the IIT Stuart Center for Financial Markets at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. In addition, he currently serves on the board of directors for two exchanges -- the CBOE Futures Exchange and the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange of India. He also serves on the National Futures Association’s Business Conduct Committee, the editorial board of the GARP Risk Review, and the editorial board of the Futures Industry Association. He is regional director of the Global Association of Risk Professionals for Chicago. He formerly served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Global Financial Markets.

Prior to IIT, Mr. Gorham served as the first director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s new Division of Market Oversight, a division of 100 economists, lawyers, futures trading specialists and others dedicated to the oversight of the nation’s 12 futures exchanges. Before the CFTC, he worked in two key financial institutions: for four years as a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and for 18 years at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where he was vice president in the areas of product development and international marketing.

He has been involved with projects to create a stock index futures market in India, evaluate the feasibility of Parmesan cheese futures in Italy, and to modernize financial markets in Egypt. He has written over fifty articles for newspapers, journals and magazines in five countries and given talks on derivatives in 13 countries. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa. He holds a BA in English literature from the University of Notre Dame, an MS in food and resource economics from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin.

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