I have had many discussions with others about using the actual photographs in artwork as opposed to making copies. My stated opinion is that who is going to look at the originals after I am late (remember I love this term for dead). So I use the originals. Most of the originals are anonymous to me anyway. The box of photos from my parents house for instance. There are few names on the back and many of the people I never met or was very young when I met them. I knew a few basically but they are all late and I have no children to leave things to. Hence, use them up.
I also buy or are given photos from others and I have no clue as to who the people are. I rather like not knowing and creating something new with their photos. It is sort of a rebirth for me. Somehow their life goes on even though they are mostly nameless to me. To the greater world and the past world they are not nameless. They knew who they were and using the captured moment in their life continues to honor them. At least that is what I believe.
Others feel that they just can't use the original and so they don't. I respect that opinion, too, because it is their opinion and hurts no one. I have chatted about this many times but this morning I am thinking about it again and here we are re-vocalizing the opinion.