Leonard Burtman was a publisher, filmmaker, photographer and writer, and pioneer of the modern fetish publishing industry.
Between 1955 and 1959 Burtman published the fetish magazine Exotique under his Burmel Publishing Company imprint in New York City. This has been described as the first nationwide distribution for kink, and the first large successful multi-enterprise kink business. Burtman successfully defended his publications from legal attacks.
Burtman was the center of the American heterosexual kink community from the 1950s – 1980s. In 1962 he produced “Satan in High Heels,” the first fetish film for a mainstream audience. He contributed to the early development of dominatrix Monique von Cleef and publisher House of Milan.