Walter H. Schramm was born on November 18, 1897 in Leaf Valley, Minnesota. He was a graduate of Winona School of Photography and operated studios in Omaha, Nebraska, Sioux City, Iowa, and Washington, D.C.
In 1934 he came to Fargo and opened Genelli Studio. In 1936 he was associated for a short time with Alfred Chial, the business called Chial-Genelli Studio. He was a photographer in Fargo until his death on February 16, 1974.
He advertised that he used “The Mirror Way, its the most modern method in photography today, exclusively owned.”