There are artists who make photographs into 3d sculptures and there are also artists inspired by photographs who create sculpture out of them for example: Heather Mekkelson who makes sculptures of disaster photographs down to the last detail. Look at the following links for some INSPIRATION!
http://www.lomography.com/magazine/276869-vintage-photographs-turned-art-installations-by-marlo-pascual Love what she’s doing–MARLO PASCUAL
http://www.melindamcdaniel.com/AlmostNever.html Melinda Mcdaniel
http://www.beautifullife.info/art-works/sculptural-photography/ commercial application
http://www.mocp.org/exhibitions/2009/02/photodimensional.php GOOD ARTICLE on artists working with photodimensional ideas literally and metaphorically in their work
http://www.susanareisman.com/photosculptures-200405.html Susana Reisman’s photo sculptures are unusual
http://9bytz.com/photographic-specimen-boxes/ MICHAEL MAPES