He has dedicated his life to teaching students, and after 52 years at Temple he is retiring.
Professor Trayes helped build the Photojournalism department that we know today.
In an earlier interview with TUTV, Trayes talked about how photography is not about having the best camera:
“It’s not that at all, It’s the whole idea of the real camera is between your ears and you have to figure out what you want to say and how you want to say it,” explained Professor Trayes.
Trayes remembers moving into Annenberg, the current building for the Klein College of Media and Communication.
He is even in the same office that he moved into when Annenberg opened .
“I have never moved. The same office, the same view, but so much has changed,” said Professor Trayes.
Temple University’s Journalism program would not be the same without the influence of Professor Trayes.
“He has been in many ways the heart and soul of that department for decades now, and those relationships that he has built with the people, they are lasting. They come back to us. They contribute their time, their expertise, their efforts and in some cases even their dollars, for scholarships to honor him,” said Dean David Boardman.
A colleague and former student says Professor Trayes helped to create a standard for the students and professors at Temple University’s, Klein School of Media and Communication:
“He helped foster our role here at Temple which is to be not only the best we can be in the classroom, but the best we can be in the field and the best we can be in pursuit of not only artistic endeavor, but in the pursuit of truth as journalists. I think a lot of that comes at Ed’s hand and I think that his greatest legacy will be in the people he helped to teach,” said Professor Paul Gluck.
Trayes is leaving behind a legacy at Temple University, through his impact to the Klein College and the thousands of photographs that he has helped produce in the Ed Trayes Photography Archives.
“There is a way to capture the human soul on film and I think that his great contribution is in defining what could be the Temple style of photography, big city, but intimate pictures,” explained Gluck.