Daniel Michel Gervais was born in Grand Sault, New Brunswick in 1957. He developed a passion for photography quite early in his studies, and completed his degree in 1987. In 1993, he produced his first video, À louer à vos risques et périls, which deals with the housing situation in the Côtes-des-Neiges area of Montreal. 70, rue Molière, produced in 1994, relates the problems associated with the process of artistic creation. Daniel Gervais has been working for several years in a mental health community organization.