In 1856, Dodgson took up the new art form of photograph.
He soon excelled at the art and became a well-known gentleman-photographer, and he seems even to have toyed with the idea of making a living out of it in his very early years.
Fifty percent of his surviving work depicts young girls, but 60% of his original photographic portfolio is now missing, Dodgson also made many studies of men, women, male children and landscapes; his subjects also include skeletons, dolls, dogs, statues and paintings, and trees.
Dodgson abruptly ceased photography in 1880. He had created around 3,000 images. Fewer than 1,000 have survived time and deliberate destruction.