Reveling in the freedom to pursue any project imaginable meant the chance to deconstruct cultural norms and start building an open society. It was a chance for all people to be included and to break down barriers between humanity.
Photographer August Sander (1876-1964) took up the self-imposed challenge of photographing a series entitled "People of the Twentieth Century." Where earlier photographic foci were on the wealthy and accepted social topics, Sander used his freedom during the Weimar period to engage with gypsies, circus folk (like those above), dance hall girls, factory workers, and everyone in-between. He, like many of the denizens of Berlin during the Weimar period didn't see class distinction, religious creed, sexual preference, or any of the other societal categories that had previously marginalized these awesome people.