Yo-Yo Gonthier was born in Niamey, Niger, in 1974. Parents are originally from Réunion's Island.He graduated with a Masters in Photography and Multimedia from Paris VIII University in 1997 and since has been working as a freelance photographer, primarily based in Paris.
His current projects include the erosion of collective memory in a western world where the essential values seem to be speed, progress and technology. He seeks to capture the fantastic in what he sees, bringing his own interpretation to night-time photography and the use of light and dark/chiaroscuro. His nocturnal studies have already provided the material for several exhibitions, including the lanternes sourdes, a study of shuttered dark lanterns, in 2004. He is also interested in the remnants of France’s colonial past, investigating the friction between history and memory. He is also interested in the remnants of France’s colonial past, investigating the friction between history and memory in the Outre-Mer project, nominated for the Prix kodak de la critique in 2OO5. Yo-Yo Gonthier is also involved in a number of multimedia workshops, both in schools and hospitals and also in school of Fine Art. In 2008, he was in "In Situ", experimental artists in residence program in midlle schools, initiated by the General Council of Seine-Saint-Denis. He completed a commission for the Parc de la Villette, Paris for the 2009 Kréyol Factory exhibition. He participated in the Biennial of African Photography in Bamako, Mali, in 2005 and 2009 and in 2010, he is invited too coordinate a project mixing photography, sound and music ,for the first edition of the Addis Foto Fest, in Ethiopia. He is currently in residence with the City of Saint-Denis, in Seine-Saint-Denis, France, until june 2013.