Leonard Burtman was a publisher, filmmaker, photographer and writer, and pioneer of the modern fetish publishing industry. He was the center of the American heterosexual kink community from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Between 1955 and 1959 Burtman published the fetish magazine Exotique under his Burmel Publishing Company imprint in New York City.
In 1962 he produced Satan in High Heels, the first fetish film for a mainstream audience. He was inducted into the Leather Hall of Fame in 2011.