A media management system provides electronic access to the original media (or a version based on the original media) for people of who access the media in printed/published (paper or electronic) matter. In one example embodiment, a photograph will be printed (on paper or electronically) with a unique code (e.g., a bar code, QR code, or other type of code). A user can scan that code with a code reader (e.g., on a mobile telephone, laptop, dedicated code reader, or other device). The code is then used to access the photograph within a media management system such that the user's computing device automatically opens the photograph in a photo editor. The user can optionally edit, resize and/or re- format the photograph. The edited (or unedited) photograph can be sent to others, posted on social media (or other types of) sites, presented on web pages, printed, incorporated in other projects, etc.