Ignoring artistic merit...
This is a beautiful quote about a recent Leibovitz photograph for the 2009 Lavazza Calendar
...done intentionally, front to back, top to bottom, money-no-object, by an army of the most talented professionals, from art director to stylists to make-up artists to baby-wranglers to lighting assistants to photographer to digital retoucher, all working assiduously in concert in pursuit of the utterly pointless.
Substitute photography for software development -- boom, I'm transported to one or two projects from my past.
Tip of the hat to Kottke, Worst photo ever?.