Meet the Photographer: Michael Marquardt

Luke Bourland

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Michael Marquardt poses for a picture. (Vicki Marquardt | The Collegian)

Michael Marquardt is a sophomore studying mechanical engineering at Colorado State University. Michael has been interested in photography his whole life, as one of his favorite childhood toys was a plastic film camera.

Michael’s interest in photography was only furthered when his dad bought a digital camera and Michael said, “I took more of an interest in it than he did!”


Michael’s first major step in his journey came in high school when he took a photography class learning manual and film photography, centered around assignments much like how The Collegian operates. Michael said that a milestone in his career came when he won a contest with over 300 entrants, had photos exhibited at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Dairy Arts Center and even gave a local radio station interview. These milestones throughout his lifelong career “only added to the inspiration to continue to improve.” 

Michael’s favorite picture came from a trip to Moab and Canyonlands National Park last year. Michael loves this picture of Mesa Arch because he woke up at 4 a.m. to get through the hike and secure a spot to beat the crowd of photographers.  

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Sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park March 16, 2020. (Michael Marquardt | The Collegian)
Sunrise at Horsetooth Reservoir Jan. 23. (Michael Marquardt | The Collegian)
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The Denver skyline at sunset Jan. 4, 2020. (Michael Marquardt | The Collegian)
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A cat sits in front of Christmas lights Dec. 7, 2018. (Michael Marquardt | The Collegian)

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