Because of these photographs and other mitigating factors, some historians have suggested that Dodgson was a pedophile. Factors thought to support this idea include the following:Why Scholars Debate Lewis Carroll’s Photography | Psychology Today
Dodgson habitually cultivated friendships with children throughout his adulthood. Many of these he photographed either unclothed or semi-clothed. From these facts, one might surmise that he used people’s fascination with photography to lure children and their unwitting parents into a position of feeding his sexual fetish. In that time of comparative innocence, Dodgson’s status as an Oxford lecturer and Anglican deacon may have been sufficient to shield him from suspicion.