One of our pals wants to replicate this look of a white brick wall behind a collection of her amazing photographs. And while the painting of brick isn't too much a stretch, she doesn't want to ruin a newly painted brick wall with crumbling and unstable nails. After doing some looking online, we found a pretty solid solution:
Use a masonry drill bit and drill a small hole in either the brick or the mortar between bricks. Then, screw in an expansion type screw with a plastic sleeve into the drilled hole, leaving a small amount of space for the hanging wire. And that's it!
If you change your mind, simply remove the screw and use wood putty to patch the hole and touch up with some paint to match the brick.
[ Photo by Penny Wincer for LivingEtc. ]